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The December 2016 issue of New Zealand Classic Car is out now!

23 November, 2016

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I, Ashley Webb, took over the helm of New Zealand Classic Car magazine. Where did that year go? And what a year it’s been. I have to admit that it’s certainly kept me on to toes, to say the least.

Looking at the cover of this month’s issue, you’ll notice a slight change in tack — and you may even have thought you’d picked up the wrong magazine. A short commute anywhere in New Zealand will confirm the numbers of late-model SUVs on the road, and the statistics are hard to ignore as the Ford Ranger continues to top the sales charts in this country.

With this in mind, we decided to look at how they’ve evolved over the decades, and morphed into the luxurious cruisers that we see on the roads today. It’s a little different to our usual, but still 100-per-cent New Zealand Classic Car.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ve put together for this issue:

We explore the heritage of the ute and the 4×4 in New Zealand, and ask whether ‘trucks’ can be considered classic cars. Get a sneak peek at a gallery of images that didn’t fit in the magazine here. 

The Aston Martin Vulcan; one of the most extreme not-quite-road-going supercars, and the British marque’s most  exhilarating creation to date. Check out some of the shots of Tony Quinn’s gorgeous Vulcan here.

An earlier date and a more compact event footprint found favour with competitors and Targa tourists alike for this year’s Targa New Zealand. Check out more shots from the event here. 

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Subscribe or renew your subscription this month and receive a free Milwaukee 9mm snap-off knife, featuring an auto-lock slide for faster blade adjustments and longer-lasting micro-carbide blade, worth $15. This offer is only available until December 11, so get in quick! Subscribe now!

For all of this, and plenty more, grab your copy of the December 2016 issue of New Zealand Classic Car (Issue No. 312) from a store near you, or order your copy below:

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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.