Wi­d­ow­maker

New Zealand Classic Car - - Reader's Writes -

I have al­ways silently ad­mired a jour­nal­ist who could write a rea­son­ably ac­cu­rate ac­count of a race run in the week or two prior to the writ­ing.

To write of a se­ries of events be­gin­ning more than half a cen­tury ago with any sort of cred­i­bil­ity takes a lot of painstak­ing re­search, a lot of knowl­edge about the sub­ject mat­ter and a lit­tle of what prob­a­bly hap­pened — it all came to­gether as a very read­able and in­ter­est­ing (for me) ac­count by Ger­ard Richards, as­sisted by Stu­art Buchanan, Kiwi Home-front CAN-AM story that fea­tured in the last two isu­ues.

I moved away from the Auld Sod some 40 years since, but old mates and rel­lies still send me copies of your in­ter­est­ing, well-writ­ten mag­a­zine, and they have con­vinced us to re­turn to see out the rest of our lives — my wife Chris is go­ing home for a wed­ding next week.

Ger­ard men­tioned the fate of some of the cars in the se­ries. A well-known driver of the time, who I will not name, bought my car with­out his wife’s per­mis­sion. Two or three weeks af­ter the trans­ac­tion I re­ceived a phone call from his new wife say­ing he had spent the de­posit for a house, and ask­ing if I would re­turn the funds. I then told her that a few days af­ter the com­ple­tion of the deal some­one called me to ask if I would sell it to the South­ward Mu­seum, in Welling­ton. I never heard any more on the mat­ter, apart from a ru­mour that some­one was try­ing to find the orig­i­nal Elfin body — the aero­dy­nam­ics of which meant it was known as the ‘Wi­d­ow­maker’.

Gra­hame Har­vey

Great to hear from you, Gra­hame, and thanks for your pos­i­tive com­ments. AFW

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