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Flick through the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance 2015 programme

1 February, 2015

It’s time for movie and TV show actors to take a back seat and let the cars be the stars at the 2015 Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance. They’ve appeared as part of the scenery, a prop, or getting the stars through all the action and car chases, but now it’s time to let them have centre stage. The theme for the event’s 42nd show is ‘the big screen’, so cars just like the ones you’ve seen featured in movies will be on display at Ellerslie Racecourse on Sunday, February 8 from 10am–4pm.

As well as the movie cars on display, the venue is expected to showcase vehicles from 750 owners and 70 car clubs, plenty vying for the series of best restoration trophies as well as the best unrestored everyday ‘survivor’ trophy. There will also be a splendid selection of new and exotic marques on display that will surely captivate everyone. 

We’ve created a programme for you to have a flick through to see what to expect from the event, some great information about the history and who is involved, as well as a handy map so you can find your way around the show and see everything you planned on seeing. It’s only $15, with children under 12 free, for a day out filled with beautiful classic cars.

Penny’s Pagoda – Mercedes Benz 230 SL

We scouted out a few different locations for photographing this car, but they all had one thing in common. At every stop, people could not help but come up and compliment owner Penny Webster on her stunning Horizon Blue Mercedes 230 SL.
There’s something about the ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes — so-called because the distinctive dipping curve of its roofline echoes that of the famous Eastern tiered temples — that encourages people to speak up.
Many classic cars attract a second look, but in most cases people keep their thoughts to themselves. It was striking how many people felt the need to express the warmth of their feelings about this car.
The expansive glass cockpit, the friendly, subtle lines, and its simple three-box shape seem to encourage openness among passers-by.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.