Celebrating 42 years - with new display areas and "the BIG
On Sunday 08 February 2015 some 750 owners from 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
Part of Ellerslie is being redeveloped- and so is our show with
partially reconfigured layout and new display areas in places we've
never been able to show cars before.
This year the club display theme is "the BIG screen"
- and the cars that appeared on it as props, part of the scenery,
story or action. While actors may have had leading roles in most
movies or TV series, it's the cars that are the stars for our 42nd
This year for the second time you'll not only see cars competing
for best restoration trophies but also for the best unrestored everyday
Introduced last year, 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.
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.
This year 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 H 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.
*Host club in 2014 is the Auckland Mustang Owners' Club. See
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 in the country - featuring
up to 200 vehicles!
In 2015 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.