GULF HOWDEN GANLEY F5000 FESTIVAL — KAPITI HOROWHENUA ALL FORD DAY — BLENHEIM CLASSIC AUTO SHOW — BRITISH CAR SHOW, TAURANGA — FAR NORTH AUTOSPECTACULAR — PARKSIDE MEDIA PICNIC — US AUCTION REPORT — GALAXY OF CARS
The Kapiti Horowhenua Zephyr Zodiac Car Club’s annual All Ford Day was held at Kapiti Primary School, Paraparaumu, on Sunday, January 18. This is the fifth consecutive year the event has been staged at the school since it moved from the grounds of the Southward Museum, Otaihanga, where it was held for several years. And it was the second successfully organized by Peter Morton — his own Ford, a 1964 Zephyr 6 MKIII, was assembled at the Ford plant at Seaview, Lower Hutt. He is the car’s third owner, and has had it for three years. The second owner had the repaint done in 2000. It has its original motor, and has 64,000 miles (103,000km) on the clock.
Morton said the club’s membership is mainly from the Horowhenua area, including two members who live in Lower Hutt.
By 11.30am more than 100 vehicles had been through the gate, with 80 on display at the time of the count, including three Mercurys. Cars were arriving into the early afternoon, after the prize draw had taken place.
Robert Hirschberg said his 1963 Ford Zodiac MKIII is “basically original.” The saloon’s repaint was matched to the original colour, and the engine has been reconditioned. His grandfather bought the car second hand in the UK in 1965 with 4500 miles (7242km) on the clock, bringing it to New Zealand with him when he migrated. The car has passed to Robert’s mother, and then on to him.
A rare MKIII Zodiac estate car was considered a strong contender for best in the show, as were the 1970 Mustang Shelby, 1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley coupé, and the 1936 V8 convertible, last year’s winner.
However, public vote chose the 1947 wellside truck with jailbar front as the day’s best vehicle. The lucky owner’s prize included a copy of Newzealandclassiccar’s book, Classic Carsofnewzealandvolumeii.