C L A S S I C DAY A R AC E S

AT THE Words: David Burke-kennedy Adam Croy

New Zealand Classic Car - - PRE­VIEW - Pho­tos:

Car clubs around the coun­try are gear­ing up for the coun­try’s largest clas­sic car event, hap­pen­ing Fe­bru­ary 12, 2017 at Eller­slie Race­course.

What be­gan as a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween a few car clubs at Auck­land’s Corn­wall Park sunken gar­dens 44 years ago has blos­somed into a huge spec­tac­u­lar — the Eller­slie Clas­sic Car Show.

It’s even more im­pres­sive when you re­al­ize that it’s or­ga­nized by teams of vol­un­teers with a man­ag­ing com­mit­tee rep­re­sent­ing some 75 par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs show­ing 700– 800 clas­sics.

For the first time, the show’s lo­ca­tion for over 30 years will be re­flected in the Clas­sic Cover In­surance club dis­play In­ter­mar­que Team Shield to the Masters Class for in­di­vid­ual ve­hi­cles, and the Clas­sic Cover In­surance Best Club Dis­play — with a Meguiar’s Peo­ple’s Choice Award for the lat­ter.

Dis­plays cover vir­tu­ally ev­ery mar­que seen in New Zealand from early last cen­tury. This year, there’s a spe­cial line-up com­mem­o­rat­ing the New Zealand– pro­duced Trekka, cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary.

There is also the Sur­vivors Class com­pe­ti­tion for up to six un­re­stored ve­hi­cles at least 35 years old with orig­i­nal body­work, paint, and up­hol­stery.

Chil­dren’s char­ity Gob­a­bygo will re­turn to dis­play spe­cially adapted elec­tric ride-in toy BMW cars that it do­nates to chil­dren with im­paired mo­bil­ity.

Con­trast­ing with these, the lat­est mod­els from Alfa Romeo, As­ton Martin, Audi, Bent­ley, BMW, Chrysler, Fiat, Jaguar, Jeep, Lam­borgh­ini, Maserati, Mini, Porsche, Rolls-royce, and Volvo will be on dis­play, with other ex­hibitors of­fer­ing new and old books, ac­ces­sories, ve­hi­cle groom­ing, paint restora­tion, car care prod­ucts (Meguiar’s), clas­sic car sales, stor­age, and in­surance (Clas­sic Cover In­surance). Auck­land com­pe­ti­tion theme — A Clas­sic Day at Trans­port will be there for the first time, the Races. too.

Eller­slie be­came the show’s venue in Mean­while, the or­ga­niz­ers want to at­tract 1982, when Porsche took hon­ours af­ter younger car en­thu­si­asts whose def­i­ni­tion of Jaguar and MG’S stran­gle­hold on the ‘clas­sic’ in­cludes more re­cent ve­hi­cles and com­pe­ti­tion shield, and moved the event new names, as op­posed to mar­ques that are from Corn­wall Park. Porsche is again host ex­tinct. They are of­fer­ing ad­vice to those club af­ter tak­ing team hon­ours in 2015 and want­ing to set up clubs if they not al­ready 2016. catered for by an ex­ist­ing group.

It’s the only New Zealand car event in An at­trac­tion lit­tle-known to those which en­tries are judged to in­ter­na­tional out­side of the wider clas­sic car fra­ter­nity stan­dards fo­cus­ing on pre­sen­ta­tion, is the Meguiar’s Clas­sic Car Tours ap­pear­ance, orig­i­nal­ity, and ex­cel­lence. d’el­e­gance. This takes place each year on

Con­ti­nu­ity, pro­ce­dure and judg­ing is the Satur­day of the show week­end and over­seen by TAC­COC, the Thor­ough­bred in­volves up to 200 clas­sics tour­ing to and Clas­sic Car Own­ers Club. Saint He­liers from six de­par­ture points Hon­ours range from the cov­eted around the Auck­land re­gion. Depar­tures this year will be from West­gate, North­cote, Green­lane, Pa­pakura, Pukekohe, and Al­bany — con­verg­ing af­ter a 100-kilo­me­tre cruise to tour along Ta­maki Drive and then pic­nic in Saint He­liers, with prizes from Ho­mage for the best pic­nic pre­sen­ta­tion.

It takes al­most a year to put a show like this to­gether. But the re­sult­ing week­end of nos­tal­gia, re­vis­it­ing cars you grew up with, courted in, or drooled over makes it a ‘clas­sic day’ in ev­ery sense.

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