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MGA Roadster: ''This car was not only the quickest MGA in New Zealand but
was in fact one of the fastest MGAs in the world.'' Tony Haycock, Classic Driver
Magazine July 2011.
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By JEFF LILLY
This feature, Autozone, seems to be
attracting a bit of interest.
It is amazing the number of
people out there who enjoy various
forms of transport; so much so that
this becomes a hobby to them,
whether it is driving around the
countryside on a Harley Davidson, or
painstakingly resurrecting a 1937
Ford V8 Coupe.
Just by accident I came across a
company called Waimak Classic Cars
and their website had me intrigued.
Jesmond and Gloria came to New
Zealand 13 years ago and have
raised their family here.
They brought with them a love of
British and European classic cars,
and were gratified to find a lot of
them here still in good condition.
Their interest goes back to their
parents. Gloria remembers her father
insisting that they took off their
shoes when getting into their much-
loved duo tone Singer Gazelle, and
Jesmond still owns his father's 1963
VW Beetle, which was originally
owned by his grandfather.
Classic Cars are cars with style, if
that makes sense.
They are generally cars
manufactured before the 1950s but
it is a sort of fluid situation, with
later cars clearly bound to be
Cars like these inspire a great
passion in many people. They are
collected, looked after, babied and
shown to others.
You will, if you look, find that
there are websites dedicated to
them, special classic car meetings,
rental agencies, dealers, and trade
shows which cater to enthusiasts. In
fact there are as many types of
enthusiasts as there are classic cars.
Some people base entire ''hobby/
interest'' lives around a love of
classic cars. They drive them, fix
them, clean them and sell them with
They may be sentimentalists who
enjoy the memories of where they
were and even who they were in
long ago youth. I have to admit that
my first car was a 1958 Morris 1000.
It developed problems and our farm
worker and I put in a short block
using a manual. We had to remove
it when we found we had a small
but vital piece left over -- a kind of
washer with flanges that moved the
oil around. Then we put it together
again. You can't do that with
modern cars, can you? I still
remember it when I see the
distinctive shape of one of them
flutter past on the road.
Other enthusiasts are simply
ordinary people who own and care
for one or more classic cars. Classic
cars attract all sorts of people who
admire their style and their
durability. And this durability is
important -- whether it is sturdy
solid construction or a shape that
truly defines its place in history. As
Gloria said to me, ''Our cars take you
back in time.''
Any classic car enthusiast gleefully
will tell you, cars today are simply
not made in the same fashion.
The fact that many of them still
function well and are in great shape
today is testament to the fact that
the cars of yesterday were built to
You will not find cheap plastic,
shoddy metal alloys, or poor
construction on any of them. They
are durable as well as beautiful, and
many classic car enthusiasts feel that
cars have over the years become
increasingly disposable and there is
less concern given by designers to
shape and lines.
Mind you, as Gloria points out,
cars often seem to echo the ethos of
the countries they are born in. For
example German cars are serious
and reliable, Italian cars are stylish
and fast, and British Cars are classy.
Mind you, there are always
exceptions to these sorts of
Whether you enjoy classic cars or
dislike them, it is difficult to remain
completely neutral. Some classic
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