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New Zealand Classic Car has got Le Mans covered

10 June, 2015

As the world’s longest-running endurance racing event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans bears a prestige that can’t be matched. This year’s running of the event, held over the weekend of June 13–14, will once again see Circuit de la Sarthe taken over by the cutting edge of automotive design and technology.

We will be publishing coverage of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in our upcoming issue of New Zealand Classic Car Issue No. 295, on sale June 29. In the meantime, we’ve got a gallery and a video, courtesy of the Porsche Team, for you to browse in anticipation of the year’s largest international motorsport event.

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.