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It’s Targa time!

13 October, 2019



New Zealand Classic Car’s November issue, on sale now, previews New Zealand’s greatest closed roads tarmac rally, Targa New Zealand.


Flip the magazine over and it becomes a programme for New Zealand’s premier closed road event with racing, touring and time trial categories. We feature cars and drivers, route maps, times and places. Plus we have all of the goodness of another great issue. On the cover is what now qualifies as a classic — a Group A Toyota Celica GT4.


Inside, the magazine, has a distinctly modern air, featuring one of New Zealand’s fastest selling new cars, the Tesla Model 3.


There’s a new De Tomaso Pantera to compare with the classic pictured here (with next month’s cover car), part 2 of the equally beautiful and brutal Peking to Paris classic car rally, BMW’s 135i and a rare Mazda MX5 coupe. Happy reading!

Available on magazine stands or at Magstore now.


Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

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.