‘A Classic Love Story’ was the theme for this year’s Ellerslie Intermarque Concours and New Zealand Classic Car Show held on Sunday, February 14 at the picturesque Ellerslie Racecourse. New Zealand Classic Car magazine was, again, the major sponsor, and we are proud to be associated with a show that is now recognized as the county’s premier classic car event
This was the 43rd Classic Car Tours d’Élégance sponsored by Meguiar’s and organized, once again, by the MG Car Club. Several tours started around Auckland, all meeting up in St Heliers resulting in almost 180 classic cars assembled, providing a fantastic opportunity for passers-by to wander around and take in some very nice classic vehicles.
By 8am more than 75 clubs had begun to assemble on their allocated sites to arrange their club displays, and the Winners Circle was also a hive of activity as a full contingent of seven Masters Class entries were being meticulously prepared for judging — Mike Bates’s 1980 Leyland Mini Estate, John Twaddle’s 1961 Morris Minor Million, Charles Quintal’s 1967 Mustang notchback, Denis Jury’s 1933 MG L-Type, Aadil Waja’s 1988 BMW E30 M3, and two E-Type Jaguars belonging to Simon Crisp and Roger Munns.
Proving to be a popular event, and now in its third year, the Survivors Class cars represent the best unrestored everyday ‘survivor’. In a nutshell, this type of car is effectively a time capsule, with 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 motoring life.
This class also gives more classic car owners the opportunity to compete for awards without the sometimes mind-boggling cost and time associated with restoring a vehicle for normal levels of concours competition.
New Zealand Classic Car involvement
The New Zealand Classic Car magazine display came together rather nicely, with a fine array of classic cars and a few invited exhibitors to complement the display. The star attraction was Garry Boyce’s stunning 1938 Mercedes-Benz 54K roadster. We were also privileged to have on display four very special Porsches — two from the brand’s Stuttgart museum; a 1977 Porsche 935 and a 1998 WSC LMP1 prototype. The 935 won over 150 races worldwide in 1984, including more than 20 class wins. It scored outright wins in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 12 Hours of Sebring — six times each. It was also undefeated in the German DRM between 1977 and 1979, posted victories in the IMSA GTX class, and won many races on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. In addition to the museum cars, also on display was a 918 Spyder (the latest Porsche supercar), and a full-sized model of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car successfully campaigned by Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber in 2015.
At the sharp end of the competition, the best Club Display was awarded to the MG Car Club. The Masters Class award went to Simon Crisp’s 1961 Jaguar E-Type OTS Series 1, which scored a total of 550 points out of a possible 590. The Teams Event was taken out once again by the Porsche Club of New Zealand, with Dean Huston’s 1970 Porsche 911E coupé and club president David Mackrell’s Porsche 356A cabriolet taking a total combined score of 1056 points out of a possible 1180. The winner of the popular Survivors Class Award went to MG Car Club member Don McLeod, with his gorgeous 1935 MG PB — a perfect end to a perfect day.
Teams Event (max possible points — 1180)
1 Porsche Club of New Zealand (1056 points)
2 Auckland Mustang Owners Club, Team 1 (1051)
3 MG Car Club (Auckland) Inc. (1033)
4 Auckland Mustang Owners Club, Team 2 (999)
5 TR Register (937)
Masters’ Class event (max possible points — 590)
1 Simon Crispe, 1961 Jaguar E-Type OTS Series 1, 3.8 (550)
2 Charles Quintal, 1967 Mustang notchback (538)
3 Roger Munns, 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1, 4.2 FHC (533)
4 Mike Bates, 1980 Leyland Mini Clubman estate (533)
5 Denis Jury, 1933 MG L-Type (527)
6 John Twaddle, 1961 Morris Million (519)
7 Aadil Waja, 1988 BMW E30 M3 (551)
Survivors Class event
1 Don McLeod, 1936 MG PB (891)
2 Glenn Flinkenberg, 1965 Holden HD Premier (864)
3 Rob Walters, VH Charger E48 RT six-pack (852)
4 Scott McGovern, 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT, (813)
5 Barry Featherstone, 1969 Mustang Boss 429 (788)
6 Aaron Grocott, 1973 Holden LJ Torana (738)
7 Jens Fogelberg, 1968 BMW 2000 C (614)
Best Overall Car — Teams Event (max possible points — 590)
1 Dean Huston, 1970 Porsche 911E coupé (539)
2 Will Neal, 1969 Mustang Mach 1 (534)
3 Bob Sherman, 1969 MG MGC GT (524)
Club Display Competition
1 MG Car Club
2 Sunbeam Car Club
3 TR Register
Gary McCrystal Memorial Trophy
Chairman’s Choice — Horseless Carriage Car Club