Wairarapa News : March 13th 2013
31 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MARCH 13, 2013 McKenzie Motors South End Queen St Masterton 06 378 6134 • 027 239 0415 Ross Dearnley A/H 06 378 2482 MITSUBISHI LANCERS, ADORABLE, COMFORTABLE, AFFORDABLE 2011 MITSUBISHI SEI LIFTBACK 2.0L Auto, ABS, Air bags, Aircon, Alloys, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Remote Locking, Spoiler, Only 9,000kms $27,990 2006 MITSUBISHI 380 VRX 3.8L Auto, ABS, Air bags, Air con, Alloys, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Remote Locking, Spoiler, All Electrics, NZ New, Spot Lights $11,990 2011 MITSUBISHI LANCER VRX 2.4 2.4L Auto, ABS, Air bags, Alloys, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Body Kit, Leather Seats, NZ New, Reversing Camera, Spot Lights, Only 9,400kms $29,990 5236055AA news 4188310AA IN BRIEF 9-speed Evoque Land Rover used the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to display what is the world's first 9-speed automatic transmission for a passenger car. The ZF 9HP transmission, produced at ZF's Gray Court facility in South Carolina, weighs 7.5 kilograms less than the ZF 6-speed unit it replaces and is able to skip-shift rather than change gears sequentially. The unit is specifically designed for transverse use, and is said to be one of the most efficient and technically advanced units used in a production vehicle. Aston wagon 'perfect' Yes, you read it right and while it seems wrong at first, once you see the result of a wealthy Brit's commission for designers Bertone to create a one-off, shooting brake version of the Rapide sedan it's, well, perfect. The only thing wrong with it is the awful name -- the Jet 2+2 -- but we'd say that when the car is seen at the Geneva Motor Show, Bertone will get a whole raft of fresh orders for the car. That makes five million Audis with Quattro The five millionth Audi with a Quattro all-wheel-drive system rolled off the company's Neckarsulm production line last week. The car was a white A6 allroad 3.0 TDI. Audi says that no other premium brand in the world can claim such high figures for a four-wheel-drive. More than 140 models have employed the quattro system since 1980. EVs prove unpopular Electric cars are not only selling poorly in the United States and Europe, they've also stalled in China. China has generous government subsidies of up to $10,000, but the China Association of Auto Manufacturers reports that EV sales are next to zero in Beijing and Changchun. It says there are not enough public charging stations. If China went after EVs its pollution problem could get worse as more than 70 per cent of its electricity comes from coal. Studies show that a high number of electrics in China will cause a lot more pollution than the equivalent number of petrol cars. Star of the show: Paul Lamb with his two Stars, the 1905 Little Star at left and the 1927 ''Big Star''. Antique stars still shining TALKING OTORSPORT KEVIN BALL MO Twinkle: Star emblem on the 20/60 Star. Two old cars are guaranteed to be stars of the show when the North Island Easter Rally is staged by the Wairarapa branch of the Vin- tage Car Club at Easter. They are both from the Star Motor Company, a 1905 Little Star, dating back to near the beginnings of the company's car production -- they started out making bicycles in 1898 -- and a 1927 Star 20/60 not far from the end of the production run in 1932. The Stars are owned by Paul and Judy Lamb of Carterton and they could not be more different. The Little Star, restored in Masterton from a bemusing bunch of parts by the late Roy Elwin, owes much to the very early Benz machines. The Star Motor Company was a British car and commercial vehicle maker based in Wolver- hampton. At its peak, Star was the UK's sixth largest car manufacturer and produced around 1000 cars a year. Planning for the Star car began in 1897 when the company acquired a 3.5 horse-power model from Benz and used it as the basis for the design of their own car. Right from the word go, New Zealand was involved with Edward Lisle's company. The second car imported into New Zealand was a vis a vis'' -- in which the driver and passenger sat facing each other -- Star Benz. New Zealand and Australia were both export targets in those early days. In 1902 a four-cylinder 20hp appeared, and in 1903 Star intro- duced a 12hp four, and set a record of 39mph (62kmh) on a two-mile run in Ireland. The Little Star model was released in early 1904 with a 7hp twin cylinder engine. Paul bought the car from Roy Elwin's estate and has since done much to upgrade it to original con- dition. It starts and drives well but is hindered by what Paul calls bureaucratic brakes''. You have to fill a pile of forms in triplicate before using them''. The 1927 20/60 is at the other end of the scale. Believed to be one of just two left in existence, it is a high qual- ity bespoke car, ranked right up there with Rolls Royce. It surfaced in the early 1950s at the Ever Ready Garage in Dune- din -- it had been trucked and a crane mounted on the back. When it broke down for the final time the firm's apprentices were allowed to dismantle it. It wasn't put back together until an Invercargill man painstakingly restored it in the 70s and 80s. Paul treats me to a leisurely ride in the country, the big lazy six -- 3.2 litres of it -- purring contentedly. It'll cruise all day at 45mph [72kmh],'' he says. For an open car there's very lit- tle wind buffeting. Rear-seat passengers have their own screen, and Paul and Judy have found that even in light rain, as long as they keep moving they don't really get wet. The engine has so much torque that there's little need to shift down a gear, so long as you are doing 5mph (8kmh) or more. The appointments are sumptuous. Mr Lamb bought the big Star'' 12-years-ago and he and Judy have covered more that 22,000 miles (35,405 kilometres) in it, including 10 South Island Easter rallies. He says there's a difference, with the Mainland rallies having more of a focus on fun. As a member of the organising committee for the Masterton event Paul has worked to retain the fun factor and has lined up some fiendish'' challenges to keep onlookers entertained.
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