New Zealand Classic Car - - Editorial - Edi­tor Ash­ley Webb

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.

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