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New Zealand Classic Car - - Report - Pho­tos:

ver 850 cars made their an­nual pil­grim­age to the 44th Eller­slie Clas­sic Car Show in Auck­land on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 12, which, for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year, was hosted by the Porsche Club of New Zealand, These ve­hi­cles and their own­ers rep­re­sented over 70 car clubs from around the coun­try.

The theme was ‘A Clas­sic Day at the Races’, to cel­e­brate not only the lo­ca­tion (the iconic Eller­slie Race­course, which has been home to the show for over 30 years) but also as a homage to the rac­ing pedi­gree of many of the ve­hi­cles on dis­play.

On any other day, it’s a fight to find a good car park at such an event as this. But when it comes to the pre­mier clas­sic car show in New Zealand, you could af­ford a few ex­tra mo­ments prowl­ing a car park packed with the likes of an E30 M3 parked next to an E39 M5 — for sale via a note in the win­dow — along­side an im­mac­u­late Toy­ota Star­let and a filthy Alfa Romeo Spi­der.

Once in­side, there was an ex­cel­lent at­mos­phere, with our shared pas­sion cov­er­ing ev­ery cen­time­tre of space — from the front lawn right through to the win­ner’s cir­cle, onto the Cham­pagne Lawn and into the New­mar­ket Room. With well into the 10s of mil­lions of dol­lars of ve­hi­cles on dis­play at Eller­slie, it was dif­fi­cult not to get ex­cited. From the char­ac­ters of the Horse­less Car­riage Club of New Zealand, who showed off the best mo­tors roam­ing the streets prior to 1919 to new-car man­u­fac­tur­ers show­ing off their lat­est and great­est of­fer­ings, the show truly had some­thing for all.

Wan­der­ing around, it seemed that each club had brought an even higher level of en­thu­si­asm and ex­cite­ment for their cho­sen gang than they had to last year’s event. It was also ex­cel­lent to see new clubs pop­ping up with younger mem­bers at the helm, such as the VW Audi Sportk­lub of NZ, which had an ex­cel­lent mix of old and new ve­hi­cles on show.

Clock­wise from top left: New Zealand Clas­sic Car pub­lisher Greg Vin­cent work­ing hard en­sur­ing our good read­ers have their sub­scrip­tions up to date; the Austin Fly­ing ‘A’ En­thu­si­asts Club is al­ways well rep­re­sented and a crowd favourite; the new-car stands were teem­ing with a younger set in­ter­ested in the lat­est and great­est from the likes of Alfa Romeo, As­ton Martin, Audi, Bent­ley, BMW, Chrysler, Fiat, Jaguar, Jeep, Lam­borgh­ini, Maserati, Mini, and Porsche; Trekkas were out in force cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the lit­tle Kiwi truck that could — a body-off chas­sis showed how few parts were re­quired to put this piece of Ki­wiana to­gether; the Ral­lye Monte Carlo–win­ning Mini burst­ing through the fin­ish line to once more steal the hearts of Mini lovers ev­ery­where; the Targa team was on hand an­swer­ing ques­tions for prospec­tive com­peti­tors and show­ing off some of the clas­sic metal that still races in the event Left: Teams Event win­ners Si­mon Crispe and Roger Munns, with our man Ash­ley Webb Be­low: The team from Moss­green-webb’s was on hand to dis­cuss the re­sults of the house’s re­cent Roy Sav­age Col­lec­tion of Clas­sic Cars auc­tion, as well as guide prospec­tive buy­ers and sellers through the auc­tion process

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