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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.
By JEFF LILLY
This feature, Autozone, seems to be
attracting a bit of interest.
It is amazing the number of
people who enjoy various forms of
transport; so much so that this
becomes a hobby to them, whether
it is riding 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 its website intrigued me.
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 become
Cars like these inspire a great
passion in many people. They are
collected, looked after, babied and
shown to others.
You will find that there are
websites dedicated to them, special
classic car meetings, rental agencies,
dealers, and trade shows that 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, fix, clean and
sell them with great care.
They may be sentimentalists who
enjoy the memories of where they
were and even who they were in a
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''.
However, as any classic car
enthusiast will gleefully tell you --
cars today are simply not made in
the same fashion.
The fact that many of them still
function well decades later, and are
in great shape, is testament to the
fact that the cars of yesterday were
built to last.
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 the rule.
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