Your hobby can prove most profitable
What does a panel beater do in his spare time? Believe it or not, many turn their hands to restoring classic and vintage cars, a hobby which in many cases can prove very profitable, albeit time consuming.
And when you’ve finished your little beauty, what do you do with it? If you intend to keep it, there are numerous car shows and club meetings where you can strut your stuff, show off your ability, and maybe pick up new customers.
One of the most important ones is the Ellerslie Classic Car Show and Intermarque Concours. The 46th annual event is now only weeks away as Sunday February 11 looms on the horizon and the feverish scramble to prepare cars and club displays is underway.
If you were there when the event began in Cornwall Park in 1972, you may well wonder where the years have gone. Certainly, you’ll be aware of how the show has grown, changed and improved.
Like previous shows, 2018 promises to be spectacular – with an unusual Classic Cover Insurance Club Display theme casting a different angle on the history of one of our favourite hobbies or passions.
“Women and the Marque” reflects the influence of women on all facets of motoring for over a hundred years.
Back in the day, Bertha Benz first used her husband’s prototypes to ferry the kids to their grandmother, and since then women have become involved in design, assembly, maintaining, racing and selling as well as owning cars. In advertising and at shows, glamorous women draped over cars has given way to a focus on attributes that reflect women’s tastes.
Magazines now commonly feature “best cars for women.” International women motoring writers present their slant on new models (see Women’s Wolrd Car of the Year on P8) – and the manufacturers listen. Women classic car owners are just as enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their collections as men.
In 2018, again expect to see the country’s best classics – entered individually or as teams – vying for coveted awards ranging from the Intermarque Team Shield to Masters Class for individual vehicles, Best “Survivor” and Best Display.
Always popular attractions, the latest prestige and performance cars on show will include new Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mini, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Volvo and more.
2018 show host is last year’s team winner, Jaguar Driver’s Club, with an organising committee of around 10 members from other clubs, managing activities from the Saturday Meguiar’s Tours d’Elegance to show judging, site management and commercial partnerships.
Thanks to committed, imaginative sponsors – NZ Classic Car magazine, Meguiar’s, Classic Cover Insurance, commercial exhibitors and clubs, the Ellerslie Classic Car Show and Intermarque Concours events have become acknowledged as world class. And at the pace time flies, 50 years of the most significant classic car event in the country, is literally around the corner.
The event will be held at the Ellerslie Racecourse, just east of the Greenlane exit of Auckland’s southern motorway. For more information visit the show’s new website: www.concours.org.nz/
Classics captured at Paeroa Vintage and Classic Car weekend in September.