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Can ‘trucks’ be considered classic cars?

10 November, 2016

Trucks today are no longer simply tools to be used and abused. For the most part, they’re family-friendly, they’re often at the top of the heap in terms of what a manufacturer offers, they’re usually luxurious, they can be fast, and they can be cool.

We now see utes and 4x4s equalling and bettering sales records previously long-held by sedans and hatchbacks, and with this in mind we thought it was a good opportunity to explore where all this came from.

We look at a desire for more space, a higher ride, and the capability to go to the back of beyond when, in reality, we all know the closest these chariots of sports equipment, excessive DIY purchases, and seven seats will generally see of any type of off-roading is occasionally mounting the kerb outside the local intermediate school, while a child does a tumble roll out the back door before the leather-laden space ship rushes to get to that 9am hot yoga class.  

Have a look at a few additional photos that didn’t make it into the feature about these machines in the December issue of New Zealand Classic Car (Issue No. 312) — grab your copy below to read the full story.   

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Penny’s Pagoda – Mercedes Benz 230 SL

We scouted out a few different locations for photographing this car, but they all had one thing in common. At every stop, people could not help but come up and compliment owner Penny Webster on her stunning Horizon Blue Mercedes 230 SL.
There’s something about the ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes — so-called because the distinctive dipping curve of its roofline echoes that of the famous Eastern tiered temples — that encourages people to speak up.
Many classic cars attract a second look, but in most cases people keep their thoughts to themselves. It was striking how many people felt the need to express the warmth of their feelings about this car.
The expansive glass cockpit, the friendly, subtle lines, and its simple three-box shape seem to encourage openness among passers-by.

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.