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