|NZ Classic Car Weekend 2012
The New Zealand Classic Car Weekend really is a celebration of classic and marquee cars, with the masters class based on presentation, appearance, originality and excellence. With vehicles on display ranging from the early 1920’s through to the latest modern exotics.
Every year the Classic Car weekend is hosted by the winning club of the team events, with this year being hosted by the Auckland Mustang Owners Club, with a display theme pointing to the power of the marque.
The weekend kicked off with the Meguiar’s Classic Car Fun run organised by the MG Car Club, it is open to all and is one of the biggest classic driving events on the calendar, with runs leaving various areas to meet up at Vellenoweth Green in St Helliers.
Sunday at Ellerslie presents the static displays of the NZ Classic Car Concours teams and master events, and club displays with a contrasting Motorkhana demonstration.
The Master’s class saw some amazing vehicles turn up, even though the weather wasn’t promising. The overall winner of the Masters Class Event was Owen Grigg’s 1957 Chrysler 300C Factory Race Car, with second place going to Wayne Grimmer’s 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, and third place going to Grant Baker’s 1969 Jaguar E Type Series 2. The Masters Team event saw Mark Grey’s Holden 1953 SO-2106 Utility take out first place, second place going to Ian Waters’ 1966 Mustang GT and third to Eric Haddock’s 1989 BMW M3.
Each year car clubs are encouraged to take on the theme and present it through their club display with an award up for grabs it gives the clubs a great chance to work together as a team and be creative. This year’s winner of Concours Best Club Display went to the Mini Car Club of Auckland for the 6th year in a row, second place to the Stag Owners Club and third to the Lamborghini Register.
The Motorkhana event is always a crowd pleaser and an event not to be missed, teams put their classic cars through their paces demonstrating amazing driver skills, with reverse flicks, hand brake turns and slalom’s, competing over two identical courses and simultaneous runs, with the winning team being first to finish. Winner’s were the Early Holden Club of Auckland.