Packards at War­birds Over Wanaka

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Thanks to the Packard Car Club of New Zealand, next year’s War­birds Over Wanaka In­ter­na­tional Air­show will pos­si­bly have the best line-up of clas­sic Packard mo­tor ve­hi­cles ever found out­side the United States. A rally will cul­mi­nate with the cars be­ing on dis­play over the three days of the air­show at Easter 2018. Among the 50 ve­hi­cles com­ing to Wanaka will be 10 that are be­ing shipped from the United States spe­cially for the event.

War­birds Over Wanaka gen­eral man­ager, Ed Tay­lor, says there is a strong link be­tween the cars and some of the WWII air­craft which will also be dis­played at Wanaka. “Dur­ing WWII, the Packard com­pany made an Amer­i­can ver­sion of the fa­mous Rolls-royce Merlin en­gine to power fighter air­craft and bombers. The Packard Merlin V12 en­gine was fit­ted to many air­craft types, in­clud­ing the P- 40 Kittyhawk and P-51 Mus­tang. A number of these will be fly­ing at War­birds 2018, so we’ll have Packard V12 en­gines both on the ground and in the air.”

Tay­lor also said that over the years there have been nu­mer­ous clas­sic car dis­plays at War­birds Over Wanaka.

“It’s fit­ting that for our 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions we have such a world-class col­lec­tion of cars on dis­play.”

A se­lec­tion of other rare cars will also be on dis­play, in­clud­ing a 1936 Cadil­lac Town Car from New York, be­lieved to be one of only a few re­main­ing.

The 30th an­niver­sary War­birds Over Wanaka In­ter­na­tional Air­show will be held from March 30 to April 1, 2018. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets can be found at war­birdsover­wanaka.com.

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