Road Trip Destinations: Christchurch to Oxford

Roadtrip Destinations

When many think of Oxford, a beautiful town set the heart of England which played host to one Inspector Morse and his MK2 Jag on TV tends to spring to mind. However, for those in the South Island, Oxford is a Canterbury town which has plenty to offer, especially as a destination for classic car fans and owners. The drive …

French Goddess: Citroen DS 19 Review

Classic Reviews

By Ben Selby When Citroen launched the fabled DS at the Paris Motor Show in 1955, the car world changed forever. For perspective, try to picture the European motoring landscape of the post war years. During the late forties, the vast majority of cars produced look just as they did before WW2. Vertical radiator grills and high rooflines were the …

Bizzarrini 5300 GT: The Gorgeous Italian Car You Have Never Heard Of

Classic Yarns

By Ben Selby What does the Ferrari 250 GTO, the Lamborghini V12 engine and the Iso Grifo all have in common? Well, apart from these being grand testimonials to Italian car design, one man had a hand their creation. That man was Giotto Bizzarrini and we owe him a lot. Born in Livorno, Italy in 1926, the young Bizzarrini had …

Car Heaven Descends on Waimak Classic Cars and the Better Half Kitchen and Bar

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By Ben Selby The day was hot, the sky was blue and best of all, the New Zealand Government had decreed outdoor gatherings under the COVID-19 traffic light system would no longer be limited to groups of 100 to 200 people. Throw all this together and you have the perfect template for a grand day out with countless petrolheads and …

Road Trip Destinations: Warkworth to Leigh

Roadtrip Destinations

By Ben Selby It’s becoming quite undeniable that the greater Auckland area is growing at an expediential rate. Take Warkworth for example. The population has swollen in recent years as many Aucklanders have chosen Warkworth as a place to settle or to get away. Some also use Warkworth as a place to store their classic car. However, if you now …

Little Bastard: The Story of James Dean’s Cursed Porsche

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By Ben Selby James Dean. The name is as recognisable around the world as Coca Cola and Levis Jeans. Star of cult fifties films East of Eden, Giant and the classic Rebel Without a Cause, Dean was only getting started in the acting world before his short life came to a tragic end. Dean was a known lover of fast …

Is the Jaguar E Type Series 1 Roadster the Greatest British Classic?

Classic Reviews

By Ben Selby The look on the guy’s face said it all. He stared for a good few minutes before he spoke. “Is this an E Type?” he asked. “Sure is” said I. “Wow, its BLEEP-ing mint,” he replied. As I headed inside to pay for gas, the lady at the counter asked which pump it was. I told her …

One-Off Holden Commodore Prototype Breaks Auction Records

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By Ben Selby We all love a good barn find right? The concept of digging through some forgotten shed or lockup and finding an untouched automotive gem certainly has appeal. Well, imagine what went through the mind of the Holden fan who found this one-of-one 1979 Holden Commodore VH SL/E Prototype under a sheet in Victoria. Now this Aussie time …

Road Trip Destinations: Nelson to Kaiteriteri

Roadtrip Destinations

By Ben Selby The summer months are quickly coming to an end. However, there is still plenty of time to hop in your classic and head out on a warm summer drive. Those in the South Island, particularly those residing in Canterbury and Marlborough immediately associate summer with one particular place, Kaiteriteri. For many, Kaiteriteri is the definitive summer holiday …