Vin­tage Austin Reg­is­ter AGM

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide Events - Words and pho­tos: Jac­qui Madelin

Orewa’s seafront came alive to the sound of vin­tage Austin mo­tors in late April when the Vin­tage Austin Reg­is­ter of New Zealand launched its AGM week­end. Those fly­ing in from out of town found seats in var­i­ous cars, which ranged in age — from two 79-year-old (1937) Rubys to Christo­pher Wood’s 92-year-old (1924) 20 Sports — and in flavour — from the ‘sen­si­ble’ Ruby and Chummy sedans to a rather racy Spe­cial and an equally nippy, er, Nippy. The con­voy wound its way through the back­blocks to visit a pri­vate car col­lec­tion tucked away in sev­eral un­pre­pos­sess­ing ru­ral sheds, with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of age­ing and old cars in var­i­ous stages of re­pair from reg­is­tered and run­ning, on down.

This new­bie was swamped with of­fers of help and ad­vice — aren’t New Zealand’s mo­tor­ing clubs won­der­ful? — be­fore the AGM com­menced. Business con­cluded, it was time to primp for din­ner, and the award of Peo­ple’s Choice to Christo­pher’s 20 Sports.

The as­sem­bled cars fired up again on Sun­day for a visit to Wen­der­holm Re­gional Park and the his­toric Coul­drey Homestead — an ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting and an in­ter­est­ing morn­ing be­fore the event con­cluded at the Al­bany Vin­tage Car Club rooms for lunch. Next year’s AGM will be held in Christchurch.

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