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Children of the Dog Star, Mini-Series, 1984 IMDB

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fidelito CZ

2011-01-31 22:54

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All 6 episodes completed.

The evil vane:
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ingo DE

2011-02-01 15:10

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As it's filmed in New Zealand, the question is coming up, what cars were assembled there through the years :think: Before the local market was overflooded with used cars from Japan, some brands had own assembly-lines there. The import-taxes are very high, so to by a new import-car for a Kiwi. Due that, for many years, NZ was a fantastic place to find rare and classic cars. Since the import-regulations were changed, the most of them were crushed :(

nzcarnerd NZ

2011-02-01 22:43

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NZ assembly continued into the mid 1990s but only for a few makes. I think the last local assembled cars were Toyota Corollas and Hiluxes. Secondhand imports began in the late 1980s and continue today, although the regulations are much stricter in regard to frontal impact standards and emission standards. For example diesels earlier than 2007 cannot be imported.

In recent years there has been a steady drop in tariffs so that now NZ has one of the most open economies. An amazing array of cars is now available, especially when it is understood that the total new car market is only around 100,000 units. About the only type of vehicle that cannot be brought in, is anything not available in right hand drive and even then special exemptions can be obtained for certain vehicles - I know someone who imported a new Chevrolet Camaro in 2009. He bought it while on a trip to the US. There are still large numbers of secondhand cars (and commercials) coming in. In general prices here are competitive with many other countries. We purchased a newly-imported 2001 Nissan Elgrand in June 2010 (VQ35 V6 petrol and power everything with 80,000km on it) for NZD13,000, retail from a dealer. Depreciation is as savage as it is anywhere. Remember that everything has GST (like VAT) on it - previously 12.5% but since 1 Oct 2010 it is 15%. Petrol is currently NZ199.9c/litre, diesel is NZ136.9c/litre but roadtax on diesel is paid separately. Annual registration is about NZ$250, but much of it is for accident insurance cover. Vehicle insurance rates are not too bad if you have your vehicle included in your house and property package - I think the Elgrand is about NZ$250/year.

Regarding rare/classis cars, because of the restricted imports of yesteryear most of the good cars were used until they died. There has always been a strong classic and vintage car movement here and there really no restrictions on driving them. Most of the older American cars seen here nowadays have been imported recently - especially in times when the NZ$ is high against the US$. Yes many cars have been crushed but most were more than well-used.

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ingo DE

2011-02-02 21:36

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@nzcarnerd: yes, your country is very interesting for fans of classic cars. I've visited NZ in 1998 with a friend, a K 70- and RO 80-freak. Sure, we had visited annother K 70-owner (who also owned a 1976 Australian-made Golf I) ;) We'd been to a classic car-meeting in Hamilton. The club-president let me drive his car, a 1970 RO 80. We'd also been to a VW-meeting in Rotorua, very much smaller than VW-meetings in other countries. Volkswagen's were/are always very expensive cars, for that very rare, as the owners told us. One guy was very happy, because he found a buyer for all his K 70-stuff, which he couldn't get rid off before :) And we also visited a very old man, who still was busy in his Wankel-special garage in Auckland and owns two of the three ever to NZ exported Wankelspider.
I also remember the sight of a Skoda 1000 MB in perfect original condition, driven by an old lady, and we wondered a bit about an abandoned Triumph 2500 on the banket.

The best story is really true and still told around in the RO 80-scene. :)
We drove relaxed and peaceful with our "Rent-a-Wreck"-car, a 1986 Honda Civic Shuttle through the nature park on the Coromandel-Peninsula. My friend (as I told, a RO 80-owner and -restorator) looked up to the trees, so he was totally shocked, when I suddenly stopped hard, steered to left left and made a Rockford-like U-turn.
"What the f.cking hell are you doing?"
"A RO 80"
"What RO 80?"
"An oncoming RO 80 has passed us"
"What?? A RO 80? Here? On the other side of the world? How nuts are you??"
"It WAS a RO 80!"
"No! Never!"
"Wait and you will see it"

With 100 km/h I drove the small roads and reached the mysterious car - and is was a RO 80, a blue 1969-car! The owner, a farmers-lady just had a look to their sheeps. Sho knew the other NSU-freaks in NZ and had also been in 2000 to the International meeting in Neckarsulm. The world is really small... :)

ingo DE

2011-02-02 21:43

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P.S. And in NZ we saw nearly all versions of the GM-T-Car-platform, as Vauxhall, Opel (imports from Japan), Holden, Isuzu and Daewoo.

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