C L A S S I C DAY A R AC E S
AT THE Words: David Burke-kennedy Adam Croy
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.