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Ladies, start your engines

20 June, 2017

Garages, sheds and driver’s seats aren’t just the vestige of men. There are a few good women who are well involved in the car scene, and we’re keen to get to know them.

From Queen Elizabeth II — who was a mechanic in WW2, to Danica Patrick — the first woman to drive in Indy Car, you ladies are an integral part of the fabric that is our hobby, our passion, our life.

We’d like to hear from women who consider themselves part of the motoring world and to tell their story in an upcoming issue of New Zealand Classic Car. 

If you are, or know someone who has a great story about the feminine view of motoring, get in touch with Lachie Jones ([email protected]) with a few details about who you are and how your love of cars plays a part in your life.

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?