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

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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.

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