New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and pho­tos: Christo­pher Moor

Af­ter be­ing rained off in 2017, the Kapi­tiHorowhenua Ze­phyr Zo­diac Car Club could not have wished for a bet­ter day for this year’s Ford Clas­sic and Col­lectable Car Show. The sun shone, and the con­vert­ibles had their tops down. About 100 cars parked up on the Kapiti Pri­mary School grounds at Para­pa­raumu for the show on Sun­day, Jan­uary 21. The old­est car dis­played was a 1915 Ford Model T, while the new­est was a 2017 Ford Mustang 5.0-litre fast­back.

Or­ga­nizer Pe­ter Mor­ton showed me the badge above the grille on Mike Palmer’s 1952 MKI Ze­phyr. He said the badge from the flat dash­board of the 1950–’52 Ze­phyrs is the club’s logo. Mike’s Ze­phyr was the 326th Ze­phyr as­sem­bled in New Zealand, at the Ford Mo­tor Com­pany’s for­mer Seav­iew plant. He is the car’s fourth owner.

Cen­tral New Zealand Re­gion Ze­phyr, Zo­diac and Consul Own­ers’ Club mem­bers Graeme and Raewyn Mc­grath drove their mid-blue 1954 Ford Ze­phyr con­vert­ible from Ash­hurst to the show for the first time. They bought the car last year, and claim this English rose is “ex­cel­lent to drive”. They said the car had ap­peared in an MTA TV com­mer­cial about 20 years ago. It was of­ten the first no­ticed in the dis­play, be­cause the blue paint­work is dif­fer­ent from the red or pale blue usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with MKI Ze­phyr con­vert­ibles.

Chris Mcginty’s 1972 MKIV Ford Ze­phyr won the Peo­ple’s Choice award. Cap­i­tal City Ford, the show’s spon­sor, donated the new ro­bot-shaped tro­phy — made from au­to­mo­tive spare parts — that will be pre­sented each year to the owner whose car wins this cat­e­gory. Chris’s Ze­phyr will not be el­i­gi­ble for the award next year, as the rules gov­ern­ing the award­ing of this tro­phy mean that no car can win two years run­ning.

Some clas­sic own­ers I see reg­u­larly at car shows told me how much they en­joy com­ing to this show. They said there’s al­ways a happy at­mos­phere on the grounds. With a rec­om­men­da­tion like this, their cars will be re­turn­ing to the Ford Clas­sic and Col­lectable Car Show for vis­i­tors to en­joy for many sum­mers yet. All prof­its from the day went to the Mary Pot­ter Hos­pice.

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