Enthusiast essential: Stay cool with Adrad

3 May, 2018



Older classics are often let down by their cooling systems, which were designed in the days when rush hour really was just an hour. But overheating is avoidable, and the team at Adrad can sort you out with a high-quality cooling system.

They can custom-design radiators for both classic and modern performance cars and have a huge range of aftermarket radiators, cores, and components — all of which have been proven in New Zealand and Australian conditions. All radiators come with a nationwide warranty, so you won’t be left steaming on the side of the road.

Visit 0800radiators.co.nz or phone 0800 RADIATORS (723 428) for more info.

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.