Vintage Austin Register AGM
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.