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New Zealand Classic Car - - CONTENTS - Words and Pho­tos: Christo­pher Moor

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.

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