Hanmer Springs. Soaking in natural hotpools on a cold winter evening. Drinking beer with mates and people I’ve only just met. Talking about totally random stuff that may or may not have anything to do with old cars and bikes. Eating huge amounts of BBQ meat and spit roast wild pork. Long convoys along dusty pot holed roads in cars not exactly suited for such roads. The long scenic trip to Hanmer and back home. All of this makes for one awesome weekend that I, and everyone else I had spoken to, had been amping for. It’s such a good weekend that already I want to be there again and can’t wait till next year.

Hannah and I left on Friday morning after packing all the camping gear and necessary warm clothes into my Viva. We had chosen to tent it like last year so avoiding any 3am snoring or worse antics that might happen in the bunk rooms. We met Sam and Jane in Wakefield and cruised along behind Jane’s Ford Torino to Lake Rotoiti. After a quick car swap so I could sample the handling prowess of Ford’s finest coupe they continued onwards to Hanmer.

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Left to rot

Truenotch —  July 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

The content for this week’s left to rot comes from a Japanese exploration blog. The amount of rare and rusty steel astonishes me – this stuff is just sitting around! … and a lot of it looks like it could be saved… Check it out here: http://kusahiroexploration.blog107.fc2.com/page-1.html

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1970 Triumph Vitesse

k-trips —  June 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

I recently made a blog post about my visit to Manfeild for the MG Charity Classic and fizzed up in that blog about a certain Triumph Vitesse.

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Spotted!

Truenotch —  June 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

It’s that time again and the oldschool hunters have been busy whipping out their potato-cameras. This week we have shots taken from far and wide, starting with this cool XP Falcon in Thailand.

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It feels like the last three weeks have driven past at 100mph, but not to worry, the oldschool.co.nz community has been busy!

Datsun280z’s project has only bee online since the middle of may and so far it’s been a great read! We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.

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If you have never been to either of the MG Car Club run events every year then get yourself along to the next one in November because these guys know how to run a race meeting. Join me as I give you a quick overview of what you missed.

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Left to Rot

k-trips —  May 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

In Left to Rot this week we have a bunch of shots that could have come straight from an art book (or your grandfathers worst nightmare).

First up we have this rare Mk1 Morris Traveller.

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When you assemble a bunch of people who’re into cars, there’s always going to be conversations along the lines of: “Well XYZ car is lighter, but its got less power… So it should be quicker in the corners and faster overall” or “Well this car is a little heavier, but it’s got better brakes” Or an infinite combination of theoretical arguments that cannot be convincingly solved with words alone… No matter how many beers are lubricating the conversation.

However! Some people in this world love to discuss other types of things instead.
The implications of the moon being made of cheese; The irony of extinct Dinosaurs being pumped into the atmosphere thereby causing another extinction; Whether Jaja Binks is worse than Nickleback; Or other such completely improbable, unsolvable, and highly disputable topics.

So by comparison, I think us car people have got it lucky in that we’ve got such a hilariously fun way to lay rest to any disputes… Gymkhana!

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Spotted!

Truenotch —  May 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

Spotted’s back and the thread has been busier than ever! Go have a click around, there’s a whole lot of cool that couldn’t make it into this week’s spread.

We’ll open up with this badass VW “ZOMBIE” rod from Christchurch. We approve!

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This is the first of our oldschool-tech articles, thanks to the user Cylinders for doing the hard yards putting this together! It’s a basic guide for restoring old wooden steering wheels – it’s cool to see what can be achieved with a bit of elbow grease! He tells me that there’s a part two in the works for restoring a leather Nardi, who’s interested?

“I bought this beautiful Momo Indy wheel the other day and it needs restoring, so I’m going to fix it up and show off the end results.

This is Peanut, and the motivating factor in today’s sanding:

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