FEA­TURE CAR

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature Car -

RAF — its ori­gins dat­ing back to 1938, with the New Zealand Squadron, a unit of RNZAF air­crew who were sent to the UK to train on new air­craft and to later fly the 30 Vick­ers Welling­ton bombers ac­quired by the New Zealand govern­ment back to their home­land.

Per­haps it was his squadron’s con­nec­tion to New Zealand that per­suaded Cap­tain Waugh to up sticks and em­i­grate to our shores, where he ar­rived in late 1954 — at around same time as our fea­tured Jaguar MKVIIM.

Ei­ther way, he came to New Zealand to fly air­craft such as the de Hav­il­land DH89 Do­minie, Beechcraft Model 18, and Lock­heed Model 10 Elec­tra on pi­o­neer­ing air routes op­er­at­ing be­tween Christchurch, South Can­ter­bury, and Nelson. From 1960, he was chief pi­lot for West Coast Air­ways, fly­ing DH89S for the his­toric South West­land Air Ser­vice (New Zealand’s first li­censed and sched­uled air ser­vice in 1934) from Hok­i­tika to the glaciers, Haast, and Mil­ford Sound.

Jaguars were al­ways a favourite for Cap­tain Waugh, a fact ac­knowl­edged by his son’s own­er­ship of his MKVIIM, and, for the keen-eyed, the link be­tween car and avi­a­tion can be seen in the pe­riod ’50s de­cals on the Jaguar’s rear win­dow for NAC (Na­tional Air­ways Cor­po­ra­tion), South Is­land Air­ways, and West Coast Air­ways.

All in all, this lovely-look­ing his­toric sa­loon is a credit to its owner and a fine trib­ute to his father, an avi­a­tion pi­o­neer and Jaguar en­thu­si­ast.

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