Very year, the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club manages to add something new to its Annual Swap Meet and Car Show. Last year, it was ice creams, which sold like hot cakes, so to speak. This year, ice creams had to be just about given away at day’s end, whil
former. It didn’t win, but club secretary Joe Scott’s 1929 Ford Model AA tip truck deservedly did, although, to us, any one of the 100 or so vehicles on show could won People’s Choice. The Oldest Car award went without dispute to Bob Taylor’s 1906 Reo roadster.
The swap-meet stall owners filled the paved area with their eclectic offerings. As usual, my assistant couldn’t resist the siren call of other people’s redundant goods. She swooped onto a trolley that could be converted into a load carrier and swiped it for a paltry sum. Apparently, we have needed one of these for more than 40 years. Try as I might, I could not find anything I needed that might restore the fiscal balance; must be slipping. Although, I was sorely tempted by Tom Wood, who had for sale boxed parts, which, when attached in the right place to the rolling chassis, would make a 1914 Humberette. How I would explain that away to not only my assistant but also fellow members of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club proved a conundrum too much.
On show, there were about 100 vehicles, ranging from motorcycles to cars of all types, ages, and marques; light trucks; and commercials. As if on cue, and eager to get into the classic vehicle action, a DC-3 Dakota made a flypast — perhaps not intentionally, seeing as the Vintage Car Club (VCC) rooms are on the flight path to the airport. Nevertheless, it was appropriate to see this aircraft flying over the car show — it had been delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in 1945 from the Douglas factory in Oklahoma. Now in the hands of Air Chatham, it remains the only surviving EX-RNZAF World War II veteran aircraft still in regular service.
Chairman Jim Smylie had thought that about 1000 people would visit the swap meet and show during the day. He said that they’d had to whizz off and buy more sausages, and the gallant ladies providing the delicious and very reasonably priced home baking were rushed off their feet. He paid tribute to event organizer John Payne and his team for another well run and happy event, and we certainly agreed with that.