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Whiti Beach Meet 2025

It’s all go now. A permit has been re- secured to use the Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga, to hold a full on car, truck, bike, retro caravan show. “So, we won’t be limited to the amount of vehicles entering due to loads of room,” says leader of the organising team, Reg Smith. Your support please. The event asks for your support. “There are no restrictions on year, model, make or type of vehicle,” says Reg. “If you know anyone that might like to enter their toy, we encourage you to invite them along. We also invite car clubs to have their own displays.” Entry forms available: These can be...

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Transportation on the move

He seems energized to get on with implementing the coalitions promise of doing a U-turn on many of the previous Governments Transport agenda. He is also looking like a minister not afraid to stand up and answer his critics with a no nonsense and direct approach when questioned or challenged. I can’t say I fully agree with some of his comments and actions to date, especially the handbrake being applied to many local authority projects moving forward, designed to encourage cycling and walking especially.  As a keen cyclist, I have seen the benefits of safer and far more enjoyable cycling with...

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Learning from past mistakes

While reading much of this, I could not help but recall the old maxim; people learn from their own mistakes, unfortunately they do not learn from other people’s mistakes. That would save time. To relate this maxim to the EV discussion I will offer a small history lesson, for our younger readers. In the late seventies and early eighties, we had oil shocks with prices rising rapidly and supply becoming challenged. Interim moves such as car-less days (ie: you couldn’t drive your car on one day of the week – everyone picked Sunday) were tried without much success so the government thought big....

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BEACH HOP 2024

This is the number-one nostalgia event of its kind. It celebrates the best of the muscle cars of the USA in the 50’s and 60’s. It is very much a family affair. In many cases, Dad, Mum and the kids proudly rode to Whangamata in these gleaming behemoths. Grandparents and oldies are particularly chuffed. The event takes them back and some oldies find a car they used to own. “Mine was never as shiny as that!” The event is free but attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase an event programme for $5. These programmes became tickets in draws for significant cash prizes. This is a very well...

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Invercargill – where dreams are formed and come true… and a great road trip

The “water” reference, some humourists have suggested, comes from the notorious horizontal, driving rain in high winds, where the two main streets meet. In 2017 our southernmost city looked to change its image and came up with a new slogan “Dream Big” which is far more appropriate and a better reflection on the city’s current focus and past history. Some of that past history is still very much alive and kicking today. For example, the film, “The World’s Fastest Indian” released in 2005 and starring Anthony Hopkins as the legendary local Invercargill lad and motorbike racer Burt Munro, was...

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Electric vehicle ‘report card’ needs better results

He seems blissfully unaware of the growing problems they now face around the world. There is absolutely no way they will “dominate global sales within five years” as he claims. Even Toyota predicts they will never ever be more than 30% of sales and we are already probably close to peak EV sales given the collapse of demand overseas and in New Zealand. They may well have been popular here last year, but that was only because the government gave potential buyers an $8000 bribe. Lawyers like Mr. Tegg may well have been able to afford $80,000 for their new Teslas but less wealthy farmers were...

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The sun and crowds came out for Coromandel Car Show

More than 120 cars and vehicles came from throughout the North Island as part of the show. Many had been driven from Hamilton, Auckland, and Tauranga, adding to the local cars on display. About a dozen BMWs spanning decades were also on show, as the BMW club of New Zealand made a day of it. The cars included American classics such as a mint condition Bel Air, British Aston Martins, Holdens ranging from Monaros right through to the last of the Commodores, muscle cars such as Mustangs and Chargers, a rare Desoto, and even a Saker sports built in Fielding made an appearance. Two wheels were on...

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Big flip in new vehicle sales numbers to start the New Year

With the dollar driven Clean Car Discount now gone, the sales of petrol and diesel vehicles surged to a staggering 96.2% of the January figures. According to the sales figures released by the Motor Industry Association (MIA), BEV only managed to secure a rather sad looking 2% market share which equated to just 274 registrations. The top three models were the BYD SEAL (31 units, 12.7% share), followed by Tesla Model Y (25 units, 10.2% share) and the Toyota BZ4X (23 units, 9.4% share). The PHEV range didn’t do much better either gaining a paltry 1.6% market share with their 202 registrations....

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