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A Sunday morning dose of Caffeine and Classics

1 December, 2014

It hasn’t even been two years yet since the inception of the monthly Caffeine and Classics event, but in that time it has become quite possibly the biggest regular car meet on the calendar. Taking place at Smales Farm business park, just a few minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the event is open to all types of classic and custom vehicles — and they tend to arrive by the hundreds.

Taking place on the last Sunday of every month, the event held on Sunday, November 30 was, in theory, the second to last of the year — although with the next one scheduled to fall between Christmas and New Years it will no doubt have a smaller turnout. With that in mind we decided to check out Sunday’s event and from the moment we laid eyes on the car park we were blown away. Not only was it the sheer volume of cars that was impressive, but the variety also. From classic Japanese imports through to the latest of Detroit’s muscle cars, and everything in-between, there was something to suit every taste.

The event ‘officially’ runs from 10am–1pm, but in reality the car park was packed by 9am and started to empty out around 11.30am, with many spectators taking the chance to witness the mass exodus up close, cameras in hand.

If you’re ever looking for something to do on a Sunday morning, and it happens to fall on the last Sunday of the month, regardless of if you’ve got a classic of your own or not, we recommend you head along to Smales Farm, grab yourself a coffee, and have a look at some of the best machines you’ll ever lay your eyes on.

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?