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The silent tales of Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and more

Classic Car Show drives fans crazy

Matthew D’Souza – Hits and misses keep-Matthew D'Souza Web

The Ferrari LaFerrari was the Star of the Show.

Porsche 918 Spyder was the Star of the Show.

Lamborghini Miura was the Star of the Show.

Mercedes was the Star of the Show.

Lancia Stratos was the Star of the Show.

Depending on your proclivities and the familiarity of the ‘wheels,’ you would have judged those on display at the ‘New Zealand Classic Car Show’ as the ‘Star of the Show.’

But it was undebatable that the event, held on February 14, 2016 at Ellerslie Racecourse was one of the finest to be held in Auckland.

Parking Start

As far as I was concerned. the Show started at the parking lot! Featured there were some ‘star quality’ rare finds such as Aston Martin DB7, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Chevrolet Camaro SS, 1974 Ford Mustang Mach 1, Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG and Porsche Carrera GTS.

As I entered the venue, I knew that I was in the company of car enthusiasts, veterans and rookies talking about their dream cars.

There were also families who just wanted a day out, but were amused by the enthusiasm of car buffs.

But all of us were astonished to find that every car in sight had been restored to immaculate condition, polished and waxed, with their owners standing with justifiable pride.

Every stall commanded attention which was well deserved, no matter how famous the carmakers were or had been. Nearly every car enthusiast had the opportunity to see their dream car in all its glory at this show.

Star attractions

There were some carmakers who attracted more attention than others.

Among them were Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, Ford, Corvette, Lancia and Aston Martin. Each manufacturer had their own ‘Star of the Show’ on display.

There were many of my favourites for the title of ‘Star of the Show.’

The most expensive car was the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari at $2.1 million. Only 499 of these hybrid beauties were built.

The second most expensive car was Porsche 918 Spyder ($1.9 million), of which, only 918 were built. The 1950 Jaguar XK120 was another car that made my list. It is a car that makes a car enthusiast’s day because of its rarity.

De Tomaso Pantera was another star attraction because it is from a car manufacturer not so well known but the company has designed and built some of the most attractive supercars of all times.

Just as there is always a ‘First among equals’, my favourite car of the Show was the 1968 Lamborghini Miura. It is the only car that is known as ‘The Grandfather of the Modern Day Supercar.’ It was the first car to have its engine in the middle of a four-wheel drive system.

The ‘New Zealand Classic Car Show’ demonstrated that car enthusiasts are vital to communities in every country because they fill the minds and hearts of children and grown-ups alike with dreams and memories.

Matthew D’Souza is a student of Avondale College in Auckland. He fancies cars and sports and of course sports cars.

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