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It’s not over yet: The Motorhood brings you the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance standouts

9 February, 2015

To make sure you don’t feel like it’s completely all over for another entire year, we’ll be bringing you coverage of some of the standout vehicles from the 2015 Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance and Classic Car Show, held on February 8, over the coming weeks. We’ve put together a teaser video showing you every car we’ll be delving deeper into, so check it out below and keep an eye out for the upcoming features over the next few weeks.  

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.