Celebrating 41 years - this year introducing "the survivors!"
On Sunday 09 February 2014 over 700 owners representing over 70
classic car clubs will gather at Ellerslie Race Course to share
their enthusiasm, promote their clubs, and celebrate motoring as
we knew it over the decades.
This year you'll see cars competing for awards in a whole new category
- the best unrestored everyday "survivors."
There's a higher emphasis on age, originality and history than
the other classes. Qualifying vehicles will be well cared for, unrestored,
unmodified, in original condition and well preserved with patina
and nostalgic qualities. Low mileage will be an advantage, as will
a small number of previous owners, original paint and upholstery.
(Patina is best described as "tarnish" on items produced
by age, wear and exposure to elements - something that is lost in
the restoration process).
The "Survivor" class allows more classic car owners to
compete for awards without the sometimes eye-watering and impractical
cost and time associated with restoring a vehicle.
Nostalgia - an important part of the Ellerslie Classic Car show
- is the attraction for most that attend the show and comment "I
used to have one of those
" evoking fond memories of cars
presented in exactly the way that they remember them, not necessarily
So "Survivor" class cars are effectively time capsules:
original but blemished paint, the odd dent here and there; some
rust spots perhaps; "lived in" seats and worn carpet all
adding to the attraction of the vehicle and reflecting its life.
Talk with your club about entering your"survivor."
And watch this space for details of the club display theme for
2014 - coming soon.
* Start planning your entries now for the Intermarque Concours
d'Elegance Award for the country's best classic vehicle restoration,
with awards also for club entries, themed club displays, and motorkhana
* Host club in 2014 is the Auckland Mustang Owners Club. Be there!
Tour d'Elegance - 6 Classic Tours
Organised by the MG Car Club, this "open to all" event
is one of the biggest classic driving events on the calendar!
In 2014 there will be six tours to choose from, starting at different
locations, and all finishing at Vellenoweth Green in St Heliers.
The MG Car Club launched the first Intermarque Concours d'Elegance
at the sunken gardens, Cornwall Park on December 1, 1972. Then as
now, the event was an inter-club affair and MG became the first winner
of the Inter-Club Challenge Shield. Honours also went to Alvis, Studebaker,
Jowett, Riley, and Citroen Car Clubs.
Until 1981 MG and Jaguar dominated the Cornwall Park event. Then
Porsche took the Shield and moved the rapidly growing show to Ellerslie.