Snug road­ster headed for Cam­bridge

Hamilton Press - - ENTERTAINMENT - GE­OFF LEWIS

Vince Ga­belich was a phar­ma­cist for 36 years and in the mid 1980s he fell in love with a charm­ing lit­tle 1935 MG sports car - the sort of trans­port as­so­ci­ated by Bri­tish fighter pi­lots dur­ing WWII.

‘‘Many years ago I saw one at Ard­more (aero­drome) and I knew I was go­ing to buy one, one day.’’

He found and bought one from Christchurch which had been ‘‘wrapped around a power pole’’, and fully re­built by Peter Croft, an­other phar­ma­cist and very clever with his hands.

As a mid-1930s de­sign the old MG is bit prim­i­tive by to­day’s stan­dards, with no seat belts, ca­ble brakes, a dip-stick in­stead of a fuel gauge and a ‘crash’ or non­syn­chromesh gear­box.

Pow­ered by an 850cc over­head-cam en­gine the lit­tle road­ster will cruise nicely just un­der 100km/h.

A Veteran and Vin­tage Car Club (Waikato) mem­ber, Ga­belich plans to take the MG to its pub­lic open day this week­end.

Club cus­to­dian Hugh McI­nally said the club had 420 mem­bers drawn from the cen­tral Waikato re­gion.

‘‘Mem­ber­ship is ac­tu­ally grow­ing but we would like some younger peo­ple.

‘‘Ev­ery month there is a club run or a ma­jor event.’’

The club has its own spare parts depart­ment or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers and is as­so­ci­ated with the na­tional veteran and vin­tage car club parts or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Other ad­van­tages in­clude cheaper in­sur­ance, a club mag­a­zine and the na­tional Beaded Wheels mag­a­zine.

The open day is held ev­ery sec-

‘‘Mem­ber­ship is ac­tu­ally grow­ing but we would like some younger peo­ple.’’

Veteran and Vin­tage Car Club (Waikato) mem­ber Vince Ga­belich with his 1935 MG.

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