I’ve said many times that when it comes to classic car restoration in this country, we are blessed with extraordinarily talented craftspeople. From one end of the country to the other, from bodywork to quality paint finish and intricate fabrication, to engine rebuilding and mechanical restoration, we undoubtedly punch well above our weight, delivering world-class results. After all, it’s the Kiwi way, and like most things we apply our skills to, we do it well.
That quality craftsmanship was once again evident at this year’s Ellerslie Classic Car Show, which awards the country’s supreme car restorations in the Intermarque Concours d’élégance Masters Class and Teams Event competitions. It’s the only New Zealand car event at which entries are judged to international standards focusing on presentation, appearance, originality, and excellence. Continuity, procedure, and judging is overseen by a highly experienced team of experts provided by TACCOC — the Thoroughbred and Classic Car Owners Club.
Every year, the announcement of the Masters Class and Team event results leads to a question — how can these cars get any better?
And this year was no exception, with the winning Teams Event cars — Simon Crispe’s 1961 Jaguar E-type OTS and Roger Munns’ 1966 Jaguar E-type FHC, representing the Jaguar Drivers’ Club — taking top honours with a total combined score of 1109 points out of a possible 1180, the highest-ever Teams Event score in the 44-year history of the event.
Walking around the show I spotted many other stunning classics worthy of a place in the winners’ circle, a number having obviously just been restored to the highest standard imaginable which, to be honest, was not only inspiring, but made me feel proud to be part of this amazing hobby that we all get so much enjoyment from. The hours, dedication and commitment, not to mention the investment, is staggering, and yet we do it because we want to, and above all, it’s our passion.