Celebrating 44 years - with a lineup of racy displays
We’ve been “at the races” for most of our 44 years – so what could be more appropriate than finally celebrating the fact? On 12 February 2017, some 750 owners from 70-80 classic car clubs again gatherat Ellerslie Race Course to show why their steeds were winners back in the day (and still are).
The display theme for participating clubs will be “Classic Day at the Races.” How that’s interpreted is up to your club but you can bet there will be some original approaches. Watch this site for more information on the display theme and judging criteria.
In 2017 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" award.
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 evoke fond memories of cars from childhood, teen years and beyond. And most are presented in the way that you'll remember them, not necessarily as new.
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 and be part of the field in 2017.
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 2017 6 tours are likely – watch this space for details of new look tours coming soon.