Celebrating 43 years - with new displays, and a touch of romance
On St Valentine's Day Sunday 14 February 2016, some 750 owners from over 75 classic car clubs will gather at Ellerslie Race Course to share their love for.... cars! They''ll be displaying the "ultimate attraction" under the theme "Love Story." Come celebrate the classic love affair we've had with cars over the decades. Watch this site for more information on the display theme and judging criteria.
In 2016 you'll also see what's possible and what's on offer from our main sponsors - Parkside Media/NZ Classic Car Magazine; Meguiar's and Classic Cover Insurance.
This year again you'll not only see cars competing for best restoration
trophies but also for the best unrestored everyday "survivor"
Introduced in 2014, the "Survivor" class allows more classic
car owners to compete for awards without the sometimes eye-watering
cost and time associated with restoring a vehicle.
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.
You'll also see "future classics" - recent model cars
already gaining classic status - such as some early Japanese models
- as well as cars that date back over 100 years. And of course the
exotic, sporting and prestige latest models will again be shown
by the country's leading distributors and dealerships - some for
the first time in New Zealand.
But in the end, it's also about nostalgia - an important part of
the Ellerslie Classic Car show. Displays invariably generate comments
such as "we used to have one of those
" or "That's
what I always dreamed of getting when I grew up" - evoking
fond memories of cars from childhood, teen years and beyond. And
most are presented in the way that you'll remember them, not necessarily
So if you're a club - start planning for your display now. Or if
you're simply an enthusiast, note the date in your diary. If you're
a classic owner without a club membership - talk to other clubs
about joining. Or ask about starting your own club. Start planning
now to share the love on February 14th
*Host club in 2016 is the Porsche Car Club. See
Tours d'Elegance - 6 Classic Tours
Organised by the MG Car Club, this "open to all" event
is one of the biggest classic driving events in the country - featuring
up to 200 vehicles!
In 2016 6 tours are likely - details to come. In 2015 there were
six tours to choose from, starting at different locations, and all
finishing at Vellenoweth Green in St Heliers. More...
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.
Sunday competing clubs
Club entry on the day - check your gate entry points. More...