Otago Daily Times

‘Grandma’ no get­away car but still good for ral­lies

- JOHN LEWIS Cars · Auckland Region · Cadillac Motor Car · New Zealand

IF you were go­ing to rob a bank and use a 1900 Wolse­ley Voi­turette as the get­away car, Colin Win­ter sug­gests you be em­bar­rass­ingly frank and just de­mand the teller ‘‘hand over the money and give you a halfhour head start’’.

The 74­year­old’s vet­eran car has a 4.5­horsepower, sin­gle­cylin­der engine with a three­speed gear­box, and it takes quite some time to start.

‘‘You wouldn’t use it if you were in a hurry,’’ he said.

But the 120­year­old car (nick­named Grandma) was still good for ral­lies, and he would be spend­ing ev­ery spare mo­ment this week pre­par­ing her for the Na­tional Vet­eran Car Rally in Gore this week­end.

About 50 ve­hi­cles, built in 1918 or be­fore, will be at the rally. They are com­ing from as far afield as Auck­land.

His Wolse­ley was ex­pected to be the old­est ve­hi­cle at the rally, and with a top speed of about 40kmh, it was also ex­pected to be one of the slow­est, he said.

‘‘You can put the pedal to the metal, but she won’t go any faster.

‘‘You could just about com­pare it to driv­ing a bull­dozer.

‘‘But con­sid­er­ing her age, she’s still a re­ally good, reliable car.’’

Other cars at the rally will in­clude a 1903 Oldsmo­bile, 1910 Cle­ment Ba­yard and 1917 Cadil­lac.

Rally di­rec­tor Paul Her­ron said the event would be hosted by the Gore branch of the Vin­tage Car Club of New Zealand, and would be a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see what mod­ern cars had evolved from.

It in­cluded two coun­try drives — one of 70km and one of 50km — and there would be op­por­tu­ni­ties to see the ve­hi­cles up close in Irk St on Satur­day, and at the Gore A&P Show­grounds on Sun­day, when the cars would un­dergo field tests.

Mr Win­ter said his Wolse­ley was just about ready to roll, so the only thing left to do was pray for a sunny day.

‘‘That’s be­cause Grandma doesn’t have a roof. It’s not so nice when it’s rain­ing.’’

 ?? PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON ?? Some light work . . . Colin Win­ter polishes a lantern from his 1900 Wolse­ley (nick­named Grandma), in prepa­ra­tion for the Na­tional Vet­eran Car Rally in Gore this week­end.
PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON Some light work . . . Colin Win­ter polishes a lantern from his 1900 Wolse­ley (nick­named Grandma), in prepa­ra­tion for the Na­tional Vet­eran Car Rally in Gore this week­end.
 ?? PHOTO: ODT FILES ?? Days gone by . . . Frank Burten­shaw (left) and Mervyn Win­ter (Colin Win­ter’s fa­ther) speak to Gov­er­nor­Gen­eral Sir Wil­loughby Nor­rie from their 1900 Wolse­ley be­fore be­ing waved off on the Dunedin to Brighton Rally in 1956.
PHOTO: ODT FILES Days gone by . . . Frank Burten­shaw (left) and Mervyn Win­ter (Colin Win­ter’s fa­ther) speak to Gov­er­nor­Gen­eral Sir Wil­loughby Nor­rie from their 1900 Wolse­ley be­fore be­ing waved off on the Dunedin to Brighton Rally in 1956.

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