I’m intrigued by the Bruce Jenks photo on the top left in the first page of the Dusties section in Issue 53. It’s captioned as Reg Parnell in an Aston Martin but it’s clearly not an Aston and it doesn’t look much like Parnell at the helm either.
The car looks like an HWM but which one? It’s not the Cadillac-powered one owned by the Avery brothers – there are several differences between that car and the one depicted.
The answer might lie in the photo found on The Roaring Season. It is unattributed but is said to have been taken in Kaiwharawhara, Wellington prior to the 1956 NZGP at Ardmore. This fits in with a contemporary report of a “shipping mix-up” that resulted in several of the overseas cars going to Wellington instead of Auckland.
The HWM on the left is said to have been imported by Australian Tony Gaze so I wonder if it is the car in your photo. The kangaroo emblem on the side would tally with this theory. Gaze ran a Ferrari in the grand prix and the HWM in the sports car support races at that meeting so perhaps he did the same at Ryal Bush.
The only thing that doesn’t quite add up is that the car in your photo looks to be a darker colour than the one in the Wellington photo. Does any reader know the true story?
The HWM-Jaguar VPA 9 is still extant and active in historic racing in the UK.
While I’m wearing my pedantic prick’s hat, I might as well mention that the photo on the top left overleaf shows Scott-Brown’s Lister leading Jensen’s Maserati, not Hoare’s Ferrari. Allan Wylie Christchurch TH I am not one to gloat (actually, I am!) but that would make the score Tony 1 Terry 0. The photos were supplied with details hand-written on the back by the photographer. Terry Marshall and I took a look at them to make sure they were correct. My first thought was that was no Aston Martin and my suspicion was an HWM of some description. Terry on the other hand was convinced it was indeed an Aston and after trawling the deep dark recesses of the Internet, he came up with a photo to back up his (incorrect so it would seem) assertion. He too has been taken out and administered a sound thrashing. After a phone call from a reader whose name completely escapes me, it would seem that the photo is Tony Gaze in David McKay’s HWM-Jaguar.
Quite how we managed to call a 250F a Ferrari is a mystery, but as I am not into self-flagellation, I haven’t thrashed myself, but I have taken a course in “The Essential Differences between Modena’s Trident and Maranello’s Cavallino.”
As Tony was convinced the mystery car was an HWM despite the Aston Martin name printed on the back, Terry Marshall came up with photo of a DB3S to back up the Aston identification.