Clas­sic cars

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Hamil­ton has its share of petrol heads. The city had a brief flir­ta­tion with the rowdy V8s and on Fri­day nights boy-rac­ers burn rub­ber in the back streets. But the real deal for car lovers is the Clas­sic Car Mu­seum in Dins­dale where gleam­ing Daim­lers and Dodges, Porsches and Pon­ti­acs rub chrome with old Bed­ford school buses and steam bikes. The man be­hind it is Tom An­drews, a Hamil­ton busi­ness­man who, as a teen, made pocket money fix­ing cars. That got him hooked and ever since he has been cast­ing his eye about for cars and car-re­lated arte­facts.

The mu­seum at­tracts a range of peo­ple, in­clud­ing those who can re­mem­ber the days when petrol was sold from hand-op­er­ated pumps that had look­ing glasses so driv­ers could see they were get­ting what they paid for. Some are on dis­play. It also at­tracts teens who lust over the crim­son con­vert­ible Fiat Sports Spi­der, the 1969 McLaren M6 GT and the 1967 Ply­mouth Bar­racuda Fast­back. Tod­dlers, too short to reach the ped­als of the big kids’ cars, can drive the pedal car in the 50s-style café where the juke­box goes non­stop and there are scrummy ham­burg­ers and stat­ues of Elvis and Betty Boop. There are also drive-in movies.

11 Rail­side Place, Dins­dale, (07) 957 2230, clas­sic­smu­

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