The New Bains Clas­sic Mo­tor House

Classic Driver - - HAYCOCK -

Andrew Bain, son and nephew of John and Gavin Bain, pro­pri­etors of the sadly missed Fazazz em­po­rium, had set up his own clas­sic car and me­mora­bilia show­room in a con­verted mill build­ing just north of Christchurch.

He has just re­lo­cated into a new build­ing, still on SH1, be­tween Waikuku and Am­ber­ley and when I went up to see how he was set­tling in, Andrew was de­light­ing in shar­ing the plans for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

Al­ready he has more room and more stock in the way of mod­els and books with more to come. The out­side of the build­ing is dec­o­rated as a 1920s petrol sta­tion with a se­lec­tion of the cars in stock sprin­kled around.

The Lan­cia Gamma par­tic­u­larly took my eye. It was the five door hatch­back ver­sion. Go­ing back a year or so to the 1990s when I lived in Hawkes Bay there was a Gamma coupé at the Hast­ings Opel dealer for sale for quite some time and I have to ad­mit I was quite tempted but de­cided it may be a lit­tle tem­per­a­men­tal for me and in­stead I opted for an Opel Manta... which was by far the worst car I have ever had the mis­for­tune of own­ing... as well as it in­tro­duc­ing me to the so-called de­lights of hav­ing to deal with Gen­eral Mo­tors when need­ing to get parts for it when it broke. Which it did. More than once. Shoulda bought the Lan­cia!

The in­ten­tion is to keep a good range of around 25 cars in stock plus oth­ers on the web­site www.bains. so there will al­ways be plenty for pass­ing vis­i­tors to see.

Out the back is a small car mu­seum with a very in­ter­est­ing range of cars in­clud­ing the exArchibald SS100 with a long New Zealand race his­tory, and con­sent has just been granted for a ma­jor ex­ten­sion which should be com­pleted by Christ­mas.

With a café as part of the com­plex which houses the Mo­tor House and plenty of park­ing as win­ter ends Andrew is plan­ning on a monthly “cof­fee and cars” morn­ing for en­thu­si­asts of all kinds to bring their in­ter­est­ing toys along for a cof­fee, snack and the chance to tell lies to oth­ers of a sim­i­lar ilk.

Look for more de­tails in up­com­ing is­sues of Clas­sic Driver and I will see you there!

Andrew Bain’s re­lo­cated Clas­sic Mo­tor House has an au­then­tic pe­riod look

Big cars and lit­tle ones, and all for sale

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