Bri­tish Car Day

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News - Words and Pho­tos: Christo­pher Moor

Af­ter in­dif­fer­ent weather in 2014, the sun smiled upon the 29th an­nual Bri­tish Car Day on Fe­bru­ary 8, when the event was again held at Tren­tham Me­mo­rial Park, Up­per Hutt.

Chris Torr of the Mor­ris En­thu­si­asts Car Club, summed up the rea­son for the show’s longevity and suc­cess when he said, “It’s al­ways a good show. We (the club mem­bers) al­ways en­joy com­ing here.”

Chris’ own Bri­tish clas­sic is a 1937 Mor­ris 8 Se­ries 1 con­vert­ible that had been re­stored from “a trailer of bits.” It was one of an es­ti­mated 400 cars that took part.

Read­ers of the Up­per­hut­tleader will have recog­nised Ian Price’s 1959 Daim­ler Dart SP250 con­vert­ible and 1966 Daim­ler 250 V8 sa­loon from the news­pa­per’s pre–show pub­lic­ity item. Ian re­stored the sa­loon with the ‘V8 DAME’ num­ber plates 20 years ago.

In 2015 the 60th an­niver­sary of the MGA will be com­mem­o­rated, and while I didn’t spot any 1955 mod­els, two nice ex­am­ples were seen in the MG Car Club Welling­ton Cen­tre’s dis­play; one from 1959 and the other from 1961.

Pa­trick Reilly, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion, again pre­sented the prizes. He was ably as­sisted by his young son, James.

The Welling­ton Vaux­hall Bed­ford Club re­ceived the tro­phy for the Best Club Dis­play and the public voted for a 1960 Mor­ris 1000 four-door sa­loon as the Best Car in the show. The Mor­ris is named “Daisy” and sports a very colour­ful paint job rem­i­nis­cent of swing­ing Bri­tain in the 1960s. A 1970 Ley­land Mini 1000 with Union Jack paint­work was an­other of the day’s eye­catch­ers.

What ap­pears to have been the old­est car on the con­course was a 1906 All­days & Onions tourer that ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nated younger chil­dren. At the end of the day the car started with a cou­ple of coughs and off it went, no trou­ble at all!

Pro­ceeds from the day again went to the Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance to help keep the ser­vice free.

Re­main­ing dates for the 2014/15 cal­en­dar are as fol­lows: Leg­ends Of Speed: March 28/29, 2015 at Hamp­ton Downs

More info on His­toric Mus­cle Cars can be found at the HMC web­site: www.his­toric­mus­cle­cars.co.nz or through the HMC on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rum at The Roar­ing Sea­son: www.theroar­ingsea­son.com

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Old­est car in show — 1906 All­days & Onions Fly­ing the flag — 1979 Ley­land Mini 1000 Classy cruiser — 1975 Tri­umph Stag 1961 MGA Daisy — Pop Art Mor­rie Chris Torr’s 1937 Mor­ris 8 Se­ries 1 con­vert­ible — re­stored from a trailer load of bits Stylish 1947 Sunb

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1. The F5000 cars that ei­ther con­tested the Tas­man Cup Re­vival Se­ries races or were de­moed or dis­played at the Gulf Oil How­den Ganley F5000 Fes­ti­val meet­ings at Hamp­ton Downs 2. Ken Smith (Lola T332 #11) on his way to one of his three MSC NZ F5000 se­ries

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