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The best of the best: 2015 Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance

4 February, 2015

Who would have thought that a small competition between a cluster of car clubs 42 years ago would one day become the largest classic and new-car event in the country?

In 2015 the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance and Classic Car Show will be held on February 8 at Auckland’s Ellerslie Racecourse. It features around 800 cars from clubs and leading new-vehicle dealerships, as well as an even stronger presence from those industries that support our motoring passions. New Zealand Classic Car magazine will once again host an amazing display of classic cars in the Newmarket Room.

This year’s theme for the Classic Cover Insurance Best Club Display award is The Big Screen, featuring cars as stars in films and TV shows. And you’ll see some of the country’s finest unrestored classics in RadioLIVE’s Best Survivor Class.

The show host this year is last year’s team event winner — the Auckland Mustang Owners’ Club — and you can expect to see a spectacular line-up of these iconic pony cars.

But it won’t just be classics that will captivate you. It’s hard to resist the temptations of new cars too — and this year Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jaguar, Jeep, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lotus, Maserati, Mini, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen, and Volvo all display a mouth-watering selection of models.

There’s also Maserati’s new hospitality area, in which you can decide what you’re going to buy with next week’s Lotto winnings. One option (apart from a few cars) could be a new motorhome and, for the first time, RV Super Centre has a presence, exhibiting six futuristic recreational vehicles at the show.

This year, background music — appropriate for a classic scene — is provided by The Sound 93.8FM, with a broadcasting team on-site.

You can also acquire books and motorsport accessories, and check out wheel refurbishing, rally tours, tracking-and-recovery technology, dashboard cameras, clothing, car bumpers, garage/showroom flooring and paint-protection technology, insurance cover and, of course, Meguiar’s car-care products.

We also hope you’ll support the Variety Bash vehicles that raise funds for Variety — The Children’s Charity — look out for their special display.

So, set your camera for some great shots — and recapture fresh memories of cars you might have dreamed about, owned, or grew up with.

We hope you enjoy the show — check out the event’s progamme in advance below to see where everything will be located on the day:

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

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.