Explore the programme for the New Zealand Classic Car Show 2016

10 February, 2016

It’s been sneaking up in our calendar with much anticipation, and now it’s drawing so close we can almost taste it. The New Zealand Classic Car Show 2016 is all set to fill the Ellerslie Racecourse with an abundance of beautiful vehicles for you to gaze at longingly from 10am until 4pm on Sunday, February 14. Befittingly to us classic car enthusiasts, this year’s event has the theme of ‘a classic love story’. Check out the programme for this year’s event below — and make sure you remember Valentine’s Day so that you’re not stuck in the dog box for the duration of the event. It’s definitely one not to miss!

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.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.