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Category: Enthusiast

CoolCat Hero Automotive

20 February 2024

Formula Ford One Cool Cat

GM hasn’t produced too many cars under the Buick marque of late, but reminiscing about how they used to is a good reason to bring Marin Leusink’s Wildcat out of the shadows. By Mat Mortimer. In the ’60s Buick was butting heads with the Mustang and Thunderbird, Corvette, Impala, and many oth...

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Giugiaro Hero Automotive

20 February 2024

A Giugiaro Great

Italian style, Japanese engineering, and, in some cases, English handling — surely a recipe for success? Yet not. So now you can add another virtue — rarity By Ian Parkes. Photography: High Art Photography. They do say if you can make your passion your work you are pretty lucky. By that definit...

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5D2A6636 Automotive

17 November 2023

Holy Grail: numbers-matching Hemi-powered ’66 Charger

With an immense knowledge of all things Mopar it may come as a surprise that this numbers-matching, Hemi-powered ’66 Charger represents Rodney and Zeta Holland’s first full build of their own, there is no better way it could have come together In 1964, Chrysler created a legend. Its highly effi...

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Maz20 1536x960 Automotive

17 November 2023

Smooth Operator – ’74 Mazda RX-4

Having built a reputation for technologically brilliant and inspirational design, the Mazda management team, which always dared to be different, decided to take its new engine into the mainstream market and take on the fuel crisis of the early ’70s at the same time. It almost worked. By Quinton T...

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1.65283ciImpala Automotive

17 November 2023

Selling Euros, buying dollars

Star Insurance Marketplace: . Ben Selby checks out the perception that our European classics are being sold overseas while the cars coming in are American. In New Zealand, it’s common knowledge that there is borderline obsession with classic Aussie and American cars. With the possible exception ...

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Webtile Enthusiast

17 August 2023

Caffeine & Gasoline with Star Insure

Caffeine & Gasoline, proudly brought to you by Star Insure and Hampton Downs, is the ultimate car and bike show! . Held on the last Sunday of each month in the top carpark, next to Aoraki Coffee Roasters Café, it's a gathering of enthusiasts and their beloved vehicles. From bikes to supercars...

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5D2A6382 1365x2049 Automotive

16 August 2023

Tribute to the master

When Ferrari decided to build a special-edition car and name it after ‘il Commendatore’ — Ferrari’s famously irascible boss — it put the acid on itself to produce something very special indeed. By Ian Parkes.  . .  . Besides routinely building some of the world’s most desirable c...

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20200730 SPP6628 1536x1026 Automotive

16 August 2023

Renaulternative Lifestyle

Renault Alpine GTA, Clio V6 Phase 1 and Spider. While other makers rely on a consistent look and feel to create a brand identity these very different cars show that at Renault, creativity and flair is their core identity. By Ian Parkes. Photographs: Stephen Perry. The Renault Alpine GTA is a c...

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