Escape to the far north for Autospectacular

9 December, 2015

Classic car enthusiasts planning to head to the top of the North Island for their summer holidays should be planning to visit this year’s Autospectacular — once again organized by the Far North Vintage Car Club. With classic and vintage cars, motorcycles, and trucks on display — plus hot rods, a swap meet, food and craft stalls — there’s enough on offer to keep the entire family happy.

And if you’re touring in your classic or vintage car, entry to the show is free — and visitors can also enter the draw to win a two-night stay at the Reia Taipa Beach Resort. The show takes place on Saturday, January 9, 2016 and will be held at the Eastern Rugby Football Grounds, East Street, Taipa. Gates are open from 8am to 2pm, public entry costs $5 per adult, and $2 per child.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.