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7 April, 2015

The April issue of New Zealand Classic Car (Issue No. 292) is now on sale. 

This Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance special edition is crammed full of desirable award-winning classics. 

Cars don’t come more iconic than the fabled 300SL ‘Gullwing’ — winner of the coveted Masters Class award. It is one of only 29 aluminium-bodied examples ever built by Mercedes-Benz.

For lovers of all things British, we take an in-depth look at a stunning brace of rare, beautifully restored Aston Martin DB2/4s, that wowed the crowd at Ellerslie.

We also talk to the owners of the amazing time capsules that appeared in this year’s Survivors Class competition, leading off with a beautifully original Wolseley 1300, and we get up close and personal with McLaren’s new hypercar — the incredible P1. 

In addition, there’s ten pages full of news from around the country — be sure to take advantage of this issue’s subscription offers to be immersed in all things classic car from now on.

Saltwater Creek Garage

After passing by this building for many years, I decided to call in and ask the owner about his garage and the car that had been parked there. It was a 1982 Hyundai Pony 1200 TLS that he’d inherited from his mother who had bought it when it was nearly new. I was fortunate enough to buy it from him — many had approached him over the years but were turned away. After sitting out there for that long you could not imagine how dirty it was. At least it had never been wet in all that time. The interior is a mid-blue and almost like new — in fact his mother, Irene, had still retained the original factory-fitted thick clear-plastic cover over the mid-blue vinyl door panels.

Lunch with … Roger Bailey

Roger’s story is a classic illustration of what hard work, honesty to the point of brutal frankness, a ‘can-do’ approach, and a racer’s brain can get you in this sport of car racing. Roger, or ‘Boost’ as he’s known up and down the pitlanes of America, was who Kenny Smith turned to when he was dragging a reluctant teenager around the different pit garages at Laguna Seca.
“Scott [Dixon] kept complaining that it was too hot and he just wanted to go back to the hotel pool. I had to tell him that I was trying to secure his future — we weren’t getting much of a look in until we saw Roger who knew everyone and set about introducing Scott as New Zealand’s next big thing.