GO SOUTH, YOUNG MAN!

New Zealand Classic Car - - MOTOR SPORT FLASHBACK -

There has al­ways been much to com­mend a trip to the deep south — blue cod, Glory Bay oys­ters; Zookeep­ers Cafe in cen­tral In­ver­cargill for breakfast; Ste­wart Is­land; Ziffs Cafe and Bar near Tere­tonga, River­ton — the list goes on, but now there’s more. For years, my good friend Noel At­ley has been telling me, “Michael, you must go to the truck mu­seum”, and I’ve been con­sol­ing my­self with the no­tion that I wanted to leave things on the ‘to-do’. I’d been hear­ing so much about this truck mu­seum that it couldn’t pos­si­bly live up to the ac­co­lades from ev­ery­one I spoke to about it — could it? An­swer — let me put it this way. Two and a half hours was nowhere near enough time, and the Bill Richard­son Trans­port World mu­seum will form part of my next trip to the deep south, and I don’t doubt trips

of the tiny hand­ful of men to have ever worked on the orig­i­nal — half a cen­tury ago — walked in.

From there, we were off to E Hayes Hard­ware store. Known lo­cally sim­ply as ‘Hayes’, it is an in­sti­tu­tion. An­other car fa­mil­iar to How­den, and very fa­mil­iar to Wal given that he re­built it, is the Mcbegg — a car that with Lau­rence Brown­lie at the wheel set the New Zealand land-speed record in 1968. So, that’s on dis­play, in the store, along with the world’s fastest In­dian; the world’s fastest Ve­lo­cette; that cabi­net with all Burt Munro’s failed pis­tons, from the movie; and enough other mo­tor­bikes and ve­hi­cles to daz­zle. I sent an email to my friend Locke in Cal­i­for­nia and de­scribed a fairly typ­i­cal few hours in In­ver­cargill — “You did all that in a day?! I’ve gotta get to In­ver­cargill.” Hon­estly, I can’t think of an­other place quite like it.

NZ Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor Rac­ing 2011, Hamp­ton Downs - Chris Amon re­united with the his­toric March 701 F1 car that he raced in 1970

How­den and Wally in­spect the Mcbegg in the E Hayes Hard­ware store There are many bikes on dis­play at E Hayes, but none more spe­cial than th­ese Wally Will­mott with his ex­tra­or­di­nary ‘in­side out’ spe­cial

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