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, classicsmuseum.co.nz