This week has seen the 150th anniversary of the New Zealand Herald's first issue - a huge innings in the publishing game and a testament to just how important it is in the scheme of things.
At Driven we're a little bit insulated from the main newsroom, and try to spend as much time at the wheel of the latest cars as we can - but nothing quite matches seeing a newsroom in full swing. It's a huge team that puts it together day after day - and if you do the maths, 150 years equates to a whole lot of days - and they're all just as dedicated to news as we are to our particular brand of four-wheeled journalism.
So congratulations to all involved in the New Zealand Herald and APN at large. Staying a leader in the newspaper business for 150 years is a huge achievement - it's as complicated as any engine and requires a servicing plan that only the most serious of manufacturers could prescribe. And when things break down there's no option of hailing a cab.
So in this weekend's issue we take a look back at New Zealand's rich motoring and motorsport history, obviously not back as far as 150 years - people drove organic cars back in those early days.
But we've been driving in New Zealand for well over a century now, we've had car factories come and go, seen Kiwi heroes on the international motorsport stage, and even had a motor racing driver and all-out car fan for a Prime Minister. There are always automotive ups and downs, but the fact remains that New Zealanders love cars, and we live in a country that's built to enjoy them.
Whether it's taking the family out for a picnic in a people mover, cruising up north with boards on the roof, hassling the neighbour's hybrid or bashing through forests in a rally car, we love 'em. What will be interesting is what those here 150 years from now will have parked in the garage. Or the spaceport ... who knows?
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