Your hobby can prove most prof­itable

Motor Equipment News - - PANEL & PAINT -

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.

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