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Don’t miss New Zealand Classic Car Issue No. 319!

22 June, 2017

The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is now one of the most sought after vehicles the world over. From workhorse to collectors’ favourite, the FJ40 has had a grand life. We look at the tale of the Muir brothers’ love, loss, and being reunited with their trusty 1977 FJ40. We check out the hard slog that went into restoring this truck to make it one of the best examples in the world. 

Other features include a very special Kiwi-built, aluminium-bodied genuine AC Cobra, Donn Anderson’s tribute to the Triumph Stag and Michael Clark’s Motorsport Flashback focuses on the role Formula Ford has played in the progression of motor sport greats. 

We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mazda’s relationship with the rotary engine, and what the future might look like for the Wankel rotary. We also check out the best way to bring a car to New Zealand from anywhere around the globe.


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.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.