Model A owners gather
Vintage motoring has keen following
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.