What was I think­ing… what on earth was HE think­ing?

Classic Driver - - HAYCOCK -

It was a Satur­day morn­ing, a meet­ing of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee of the VCC at the Christchurch head of­fice. Dur­ing the morn­ing tea break, Ed Boyd, who op­er­ates a not quite so small collection/ mu­seum in his spare time in Wan­ganui came off a phone call and came over to me. Did I know of some­where in town where he could park a newly pur­chased ve­hi­cle un­til he could ar­range trans­port back to Wan­ganui for it?

Tak­ing a bit of a lib­erty with Mag­gie’s ac­cep­tance of the strange com­ings and go­ings of var­i­ous con­trap­tions up and down the drive­way of the Ed­i­to­rial dwelling, which is nei­ther large nor grand, or en­dowed with places in which to stash itin­er­ant mo­tor ve­hi­cles, I sug­gested it could come here.

Then I asked the how and what ques­tions. What? A mid 1990s Dai­hatsu Midget. What­ever one of those might be… and could I sug­gest a way to as­sist in re­mov­ing it from the garage in which it has been en­sconced since the late 1990s and from which it needed to be ex­tracted the next day?

Of­fer­ing ute as a tow ve­hi­cle and sug­gest­ing a hired trailer I did point out that by the time you are read­ing this, I will be leading the Clas­sic Driver Le Mans 2014 tour and the Midget would need to be re­moved from my abode prior to my im­pend­ing, lest it in­cur spousal dis­ap­proval.

Then a flash of bril­liance (or it may have been a light bulb blow­ing in the of­fice). I was head­ing north two days later and tak­ing the ute. As it seemed that Dai­hatsu’s Midget was quite a diminu­tive de­vice, if Ed could ar­range some sort of A-frame for it, I would tow it to Bulls for him and he could col­lect it from there.

He and Beaded Wheels edi­tor Kevin Clark­son dis­ap­peared out­side where the pos­si­ble tow car was con­ve­niently parked. A minute later they were back. Kevin is a keen mo­tor­cy­clist and his trailer, which is used to trans­port a se­lec­tion of ‘bikes or a Mini on oc­ca­sion would be of suf­fi­cient size to carry the Midget and al­though I was in­tend­ing to take the ute north, do some work and then re­turn in the Du­rant (more of that will ap­pear else­where!), Kevin is also head­ing over­seas and wasn’t wor­ried about the trailer re­turn­ing un­til some­time in July.

Prob­lem solved for Ed; we would take him to his Midget in the morn­ing, load it on the trailer, he would still be on his sched­uled flight back to Wan­ganui in time and two days later my par­ents would be the tem­po­rary keep­ers of a Ja­panese Midget.

Ed had bought the tiny sin­gle­seater ute (no, I’m not jok­ing!) on the un­der­stand­ing it was quite tidy and had only cov­ered 11,000 km to use as a pro­mo­tional ve­hi­cle for his Wan­ganui print­ing busi­ness or his collection.

At the al­lot­ted time we went to the ad­dress for Midget re­moval and Ed went in­side to com­plete the trans­ac­tion and col­lect the pa­per­work.

Open­ing the rather earth­quakedam­aged roller door and re­mov­ing enough of the “stuff” which was ba­si­cally bury­ing the lit­tle beast we pushed it out­side.

Hmmm. It looks very tidy. Then Ed got his first look in­side it.

He got a lit­tle sur­prise. No, it hasn’t done eleven thou­sand km. It has done eleven HUN­DRED km. The thing is pretty much brand new!

Kevin Clark­son looks be­mused as Ed Boyd’s new toy gets loaded for a trip north

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