Far North Vin­tage Car Club Au­tospec­tac­u­lar

New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE NEWS - Words: Raewyn Pen­nell Pho­tos: Mike Poo­ley

The fea­tured ve­hi­cles for this year’s Far North Vin­tage Car Club Au­tospec­tac­u­lar, held at Taipa, were Ital­ian, and nearly 200 ve­hi­cles of all types from vin­tage to clas­sic, hot rod and mo­tor­cy­cles were on dis­play.

Vis­i­tors en­joyed the re­laxed fam­ily at­mos­phere, with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one — in­clud­ing pony rides, a bouncy cas­tle and ship and the cof­fee hut, while Vin­tage Car Club cater­ing kept the masses fed and wa­tered.

The stalls were down in num­ber, but there were plenty of mo­tor-re­lated good­ies on sale as well as the Fire Ser­vice with its Jaws of Life demo, which ef­fec­tively made quick work of de­mol­ish­ing a car sec­tion by sec­tion — very im­pres­sive. St John’s was in at­ten­dance and com­ple­mented the in­for­ma­tive demon­stra­tions, as well as pro­vid­ing blood-pres­sure checks.

Peo­ples’ Choice win­ner was Rolz Noble’s Holden HZ, with a Fer­rari com­ing in sec­ond place, fol­lowed by Roy Fyfe’s Ford Galaxie and a cute 1958 Isetta owned by Richard Ward. Best Com­mer­cial went to a Nis­san Pa­trol, while the two-wheeled sec­tion top award-win­ner was G Mcmil­land’s 1970 BSA. A mo­tor­cy­cle was also the old­est at­tendee — Linda Green’s 1924 AJS. A 1948 Citroën Light 15 owner was awarded with a ro­tary pol­isher — as it was the ve­hi­cle deemed to be in the most need of the prod­uct.

Mu­sic ap­pro­pri­ate to the decades of the ve­hi­cles on dis­play was ap­pre­ci­ated by the crowd, with Don’t Cry For Me, Ar­gentina be­ing rel­e­vant to the fea­tured show car, Hans Compter’s V6 Lan­cia-aure­lia Tipo B52, a ve­hi­cle built for Juan and Evita Peron in the 1950s.

The draw for two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion at Reia Taipa Beach Re­sort was won by Tom Clark of Auck­land — he’s at­tended the Au­tospec­tac­u­lar for the last four years, count­ing it as a show “not to be missed.”

Dave Hills, pres­i­dent of the Far North Vin­tage Car Club, ex­pressed his de­light and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the great turnout and team­work by mem­bers of the club to make it an­other spec­tac­u­lar day for the Far North’s pre­mium car show.

Mark your cal­en­dars for the 2016 Au­tospec­tac­u­lar on Jan­uary 9!

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