Ngawhini Clas­sic Car Hill­climb

New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE EVENTS -

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est sought for March 2019 Ngawhini Clas­sic Car Hill­climb. A size­able por­tion of the New Zealand clas­sic car com­mu­nity will be fa­mil­iar with the event in south Taranaki. This event has been staged by the Eg­mont Clas­sic Car Reg­is­ter ev­ery sec­ond year for the past 24 years, since its re­vival in 1994. The Ngawhini Hill just out­side Haw­era first reached mo­tor sport promi­nence in the mid 1950s, when it was a fix­ture on the Mo­tor­sport New Zealand (MSNZ) As­so­ci­a­tion Gold Star and Na­tional Cham­pi­onship cal­en­dar. Dur­ing this time, the hill has played host to home­built spe­cials and mod­i­fied ex– Grand Prix cars. John Apps, pres­i­dent of the Eg­mont Clas­sic Car Reg­is­ter ad­vises that work is now start­ing on prepa­ra­tions for host­ing this event again in early March, 2019.

Said John, “Al­though this event has been well at­tended over many years now, we have no­ticed that the num­ber of gen­uine clas­sic cars en­ter­ing has been de­clin­ing. Our re­sponse to [de­clin­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion] has been to get in­creas­ingly ‘ lib­eral’ with re­gard to the ve­hi­cles that we have al­lowed to en­ter. Whilst this has been suc­cess­ful in giv­ing us suf­fi­cient en­tries to keep en­try fees af­ford­able, it has un­doubt­edly ‘stretched’ the def­i­ni­tion of the word ‘clas­sic’! … We are now won­der­ing whether we may have made the event less at­trac­tive to some own­ers of gen­uine clas­sic ve­hi­cles.

“This time around, we would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to in­vite any­one who has a clas­sic ve­hi­cle and may be in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing this event to con­tact me in the hope that we can re­turn the event to some­thing a bit closer to its orig­i­nal his­toric char­ac­ter. By mak­ing this an­nounce­ment early, we hope that we may be able to boost the num­ber of gen­uine clas­sic cars tak­ing part.”

If you would like to be added to the mail­ing list of po­ten­tial en­trants for this event, please email John at

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