Dou­ble vi­sion

New Zealand Classic Car - - EDITORIAL - Ash­ley Webb Ed­i­tor

Com­pli­ments of the sea­son. I trust you all had a de­cent, re­lax­ing break over Christ­mas and that you’re rar­ing to go for 2018.

The name Garry Boyce will be fa­mil­iar to many of you. His glo­ri­ous, con­cours Masters Class–win­ning 1957 Mercedes-benz 300SL road­ster graced the cover back in Fe­bru­ary ’08, and who could for­get the fea­ture story on his su­per-rare alu­minium-bod­ied 300SL gull­wing in our April 2015 is­sue, not to men­tion his mag­nif­i­cent 540K road­ster and Alfa Romeo 6C that have also fea­tured more re­cently in this mag­a­zine?

Garry’s 300SL road­ster is very spe­cial to me. It all came about when Garry men­tioned to me that he had been ap­proached by Paul Hal­ford about tak­ing his 300SL road­ster to the Queen­stown Auto Ex­trav­a­ganza back in Fe­bru­ary ’08. Paul had also been in­vited to dis­play his 1965 Mclaren-elva MKI (M1A) Can-am car, as well as his gor­geous 1967 Fer­rari 275 GTB/4 — all pre­vi­ous New Zealand Clas­sic Car cover stars.

Dur­ing the course of our con­ver­sa­tion, Garry asked if I would be in­ter­ested in go­ing along, as he would meet up with Paul in the South Is­land at some point and travel to­gether — it seemed like a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity, and only took me a nanosec­ond to say, “Yes, I’m good to go”.

Need­less to say, it was the road trip of a life­time for me. Fab­u­lous weather, driv­ing through Cen­tral Otago on some of the best roads in the world in the 300SL road­ster with the top down, to­gether with Paul, driv­ing his Fer­rari — I was in clas­sic car heaven. One of the high­lights was when Garry passed me the keys at a petrol sta­tion in Twizel and asked me if I’d like to drive for a while. A cou­ple of hours went by in what seemed like min­utes as I soaked in the ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing one of the most leg­endary cars on the planet.

With the 2018 Eller­slie Clas­sic Car Show just around the cor­ner, Garry is set to raise the bar yet again, en­ter­ing two iden­ti­cal 300SL road­sters into the Teams Event com­pe­ti­tion — the first time two such ve­hi­cles have been judged in com­pe­ti­tion to­gether any­where in the world, and an­other fine achieve­ment for this great hobby of ours.

Un­til next month …

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