Model A own­ers gather

Vin­tage mo­tor­ing has keen fol­low­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By MA­JORIE COOK

More than 300 Model A Ford en­thu­si­asts de­scended on Wanaka last week for sev­eral days of vin­tage mo­tor­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties.

There were 161 ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered for the 12th Na­tional Model A meet, held ev­ery two years al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the South and North is­lands.

Head judge Mur­ray Ashby of Hamil­ton started buy­ing Model A Fords 50 years ago and still owns sev­eral of the dis­tinc­tively-shaped cars as­sem­bled in the United States or Canada be­tween 1928 and 1931.

‘‘Some have come and gone.

‘‘The one I’ve had the long­est now, I’ve had for 40 years,’’ he said.

About 30 own­ers en­tered their pride and joy up in the meet’s con­course, with Ashby’s team of judges scru­ti­n­is­ing the cars for com­pli­ance with 23 cri­te­ria.

A rare ex­am­ple of the Model A was an Ar­gen­tinian-as­sem­bled ve­hi­cle. Ashby knew of two ex­am­ples in New Zealand but said they did not com­pare with the re­stored ma­roon and white­hooded 1931 Phaeton owned by Can­ter­bury club mem­ber Graeme Scott.

‘‘They are un­usual in this con­di­tion,’’ Ashby said.

Scott, a re­tired air­line pi­lot, said he bought the car from Bert Dove of Tau­ranga, who had im­ported it from Ar­gentina.

Scott said he be­lieved a pre­vi­ous owner, Dr Mario Kaplin of Ar­gentina, had the restora­tion work done.

Both men said they en­joyed club ral­lies for ca­ma­raderie.

Christchurch Model A Ford en­thu­si­ast Graeme Scott, left, with Hamil­ton head judge Mur­ray Ashby and Scott’s Ar­gen­tinian-as­sem­bled 1931 Model A Ford Phaeton at Wanaka’s Toy and Trans­port Mu­seum last week.

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