The April issue of New Zealand Classic Car is on a shelf near you now, and after reading Garry Boyce’s story in this issue about his wonderful adventure through South America as he tackled The Rally of the Incas with fellow Kiwi Ken Williams in the co-driver’s seat, I got thinking. For many of us, these adventures are a must for any bucket list, especially when they involve classic cars, which brought me to another point — where was mine?

I can remember preparing a bucket list several years ago, and after much searching, discovered it tucked away in the bowels of my hard drive. I wasn’t surprised to see that I hadn’t done too well in achieving my goals. For me, the list was quite simply all the things I wanted to do in life, and to tick them off one by one as I did them.

Somehow life got in the way and more immediate concerns became a priority.  The dreams became less and less relevant — until recently. Garry and Ken’s story inspired me to revisit my list and start ticking off all the things I’ve always wanted to do. After all, life is short, folks, so if you haven't already done so, I urge you to put pen to paper and make a wish list — a list that’s real, with personal significance — and begin the journey.

In this issue of New Zealand Classic Car we go back to the origins of the humble family hatchback. An indispensable tool in everyday life for millions of drivers. The iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI and Peugeot 205 GTI were vital players in shaping performance cars for the ages. We also follow a couple of Kiwi mates on an epic 28-day journey across South America in a 1964 Mercedes Benz 220SE, concluding with part two, next issue. You won’t see too many 1962 Vauxhall Velox PASX’s like our featured prize-winning example and we get behind the wheel of Aston Martin’s latest DB11 for a day and give you our verdict.

Ashley Webb

Ashley Webb joined Parkside Media 10 years ago as Advertising Manager for the newly created NZV8 magazine. When the opportunity arose to work on New Zealand Classic Car magazine as Assistant Editor just over eight years ago, he couldn't resist the challenge and has worked on the magazine ever since, and is now the Editor of New Zealand Classic Car.
Ashley is passionate about most classic cars and has a particular interest in late ’60s US muscle cars.