Close this search box.

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.

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.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.