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Shower thoughts: w​​​​​​​hat’s the best car from the year you were born?

9 July, 2017

Picture this: You’re six months old, you crawl onto any car yard in the world with a blank cheque ready to buy a brand-new car, what will it be? We put the question to some of the team here in the office to find out. What would you be buying?

Lachie Jones, staff writer at New Zealand Classic Car
1981 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40
Timeless, awesome to look at, and ready to take on the Zombie apocalypse with aplomb.

Todd Wylie, editor of NZV8
1980 Buick GNX
The easy pick would be for a Buick GNX, they’re just so wrong, that they’re right.

Connal Grace, deputy editor of NZV8
1992 Ferrari F40
You’d be a fool not to pick the legendary Ferrari F40. Raw unadulterated horsepower at its finest, and a time capsule of an engineering period we’ll never see again — all brawn and no brains (electronics).  

Jaden Martin, staff writer at NZ Performance Car
1993 Toyota Soarer (Z30)
Factory option 1JZ-GTE with five-speed manual inside a Toyota luxury coupe? Yes please — add a dash of low and a set of WORK Rezax IIs, and I’ll be a happy man.

Adam Croy, senior photographer
1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi
Who wouldn’t want to smash one through the Hawaiian back roads!!

Ashley Webb, editor of New Zealand Classic Car
1956 Chevrolet Belair Sport Coupe
The best of the tri-fives!

Let us know what you’d pick and why too, we may even throw you a copy of the latest mags to sweeten the deal …

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.