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Missed an episode of Carpool? Watch it here!

8 April, 2019



Appreciate all the finer things in life? We’ve served up your Sunday afternoon viewing on a gold platter. The newest addition to Three’s line up, Carpool showcases the best of the New Zealand’s luxury car market and gives you an exclusive up-close and personal look at the latest vehicles from Ferrari, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, and Honda. A detailed offering unlike anything you’ve seen locally, Carpool is fronted by esteemed motoring writer, Cameron Officer, and will be broadcast straight to your living room each Sunday from 7 April until 28 April as part of CRC Motorsport on Three.

Featuring the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Porsche 718, and Bentley Continental GT



Featuring the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW X5 M50D, and Lamborghini Urus



Featuring the Ferrari Portofino, Mercedes-Benz GLC 63S, and BMW M850i



Featuring the Honda Civic Type R, Aston Martin Superleggera, and Bentley Bentayga V8

Penny’s Pagoda – Mercedes Benz 230 SL

We scouted out a few different locations for photographing this car, but they all had one thing in common. At every stop, people could not help but come up and compliment owner Penny Webster on her stunning Horizon Blue Mercedes 230 SL.
There’s something about the ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes — so-called because the distinctive dipping curve of its roofline echoes that of the famous Eastern tiered temples — that encourages people to speak up.
Many classic cars attract a second look, but in most cases people keep their thoughts to themselves. It was striking how many people felt the need to express the warmth of their feelings about this car.
The expansive glass cockpit, the friendly, subtle lines, and its simple three-box shape seem to encourage openness among passers-by.

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.