READERS’ WRITES The Price is right!
I’ve been reading NZ Classic Car since it first arrived, having taken the place of an earlier, more modest, publication produced, it seemed, in a garret on a pre– World War II Gestetner machine — that was my notion of it at the time, but all that was a great many years ago and much has changed, and that, in this instance, is a good thing. Now, as an old geezer, I get to read NZ Classic Car at a mate’s place when I join him to watch motor sport on TV.
Anyway, I am well retired, with time on my hands, writing to busy people with things to do and deadlines to meet, so I will end this preamble and get to the point; something you will no doubt be grateful for.
One of my favourite sections in NZ Classic Car is ‘Price on’ — often controversial, sometimes maddening, but always a satisfying read.
In an earlier column, but a recent one, Greg wrote of his personal crusade in which he is determined to raise the age of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet, and, in this, he has in me a willing cohort. It’s like this — in a few days’ time, my 1939 Oldsmobile will be back on the road again having passed all its inspections, become certified with a WOF, and re-registered using the car’s original black plates. The last time the old Olds was legally on the road was 1993, so that’s another strike for the good guys. I also believe that there is another 1939 Oldsmobile recently purchased from rural Christchurch that is to be put back to roadlegal state by a guy in Timaru. Greg may be interested in that.
Still, on another matter — but staying with Greg’s column — he wrote of a machine shop in Christchurch that could make anything, probably not babies, but certainly the things that enthusiasts of old cars may need to keep their rolling pieces