Park­side Me­dia Clas­sic Christ­mas Pic­nic

Words and pho­tos: Trevor Stan­ley-joblin T

New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE EVENTS -

he third an­nual Park­side Me­dia Clas­sic Christ­mas Pic­nic was held in bril­liant sun­shine on Sun­day Novem­ber 27, 2016. Ev­ery en­trant was is­sued with a New Zealand Clas­sic Car mag­a­zine. De­part­ing from the Am­ber­ley Saint John head­quar­ters in North Can­ter­bury at 10.30am, the 82 clas­sics ranged from a Brad­ford van in re­mark­able con­di­tion and sport­ing the au­then­tic orig­i­nal ad­ver­tis­ing, to a new Chrysler con­vert­ible.

The first port of call was Lor­raine and Bert’s home at Ash­ley. This is an as­ton­ish­ing se­cret col­lec­tion of all sorts, from rare Vaux­hall Viva coupés to a twin-v8-pow­ered trac­tor! Yes, two over­head-valve V8s, with 16 stack ex­hausts. Between these there were 1960s Amer­i­can Cadil­lacs and Chevro­lets. The 186 peo­ple in at­ten­dance were spell­bound.

On­wards we drove, over pic­turesque and un­du­lat­ing rolling coun­try­side to even­tu­ally ar­rive at the Ash­ley Gorge river­side do­main. What a beau­ti­ful place for the wide range of clas­sics to park up while the crews en­joyed their pic­nic lunch packs.

The af­ter­noon route took us over a sec­tion of road that would be ideal for a spe­cial stage of Targa South Is­land. This led us to the lit­tle vil­lage of Cust. In the lo­cal mu­seum is a spe­cial dis­play de­pict­ing the Cust mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing of yes­ter­year, held on an an­nual ba­sis for many years, and in­clud­ing no­ta­bles from the past like Dene Hol­lier, Mick Hol­land, Jim Swar­brick, and Burt Munro, to name but a few. Great pho­tos, hel­mets of the pe­riod, and mo­tor­cy­cles, in­clud­ing the likes of Manx Nor­tons in both 350 and 500 form, Ve­lo­cettes, In­di­ans, etc. Wouldn’t it be great to see a re­vival of this iconic coun­try road­race meet­ing?

Our ladies en­joyed the visit to a draper-type shop named ‘Away with the Fairies’, and many pur­chases were seen to take place.

Our fi­nal des­ti­na­tion was at a new up­mar­ket café on Kings­ford Smith Drive, Ran­giora. In 1928, Charles Kings­ford Smith and Charles Ulm pur­chased a Fokker F.VII B/3M mono­plane, which they named ‘South­ern Cross’. At 8.54am on May 31, 1928, Kings­ford Smith and his four-man crew left Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, to at­tempt the first trans-pa­cific flight to Aus­tralia. The flight was in three stages. They landed in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, at 10.50am on June 9, where he was met by a huge crowd of 26,000 at Ea­gle Farm Air­port, and was wel­comed as a hero. The in­te­rior of this new café is ded­i­cated to Kings­ford Smith and his his­toric marathon flight. What bet­ter place to fin­ish a day of nos­tal­gia!

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