Old MG to join in club open day

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Vince Ga­belich was a phar­ma­cist for 36 years and in the mid 1980s he fell in love with a charm­ing lit­tle 1935 MG sports car— the sort of trans­port as­so­ci­ated by Bri­tish fighter pi­lots dur­ing WWII.

“Many years ago I saw one at Ardmore aero­drome in Auck­land and I knew I was go­ing to buy one, one day.”

He found and bought one from Christchurch which had been “wrapped around a power pole”, and fully re­built by Peter Croft, an­other phar­ma­cist and very clever with his hands.

As a mid- 1930s de­sign the old MG is bit prim­i­tive by to­day’s stan­dards, with no seat­belts, ca­ble brakes, a dip- stick in­stead of a fuel gauge and a ‘ crash’ or non- syn­chro­mesh gear­box.

Pow­ered by an 850cc over­head- cam engine, the lit­tle road­ster will cruise nicely just un­der 100km/ h.

A Vet­eran and Vin­tage Car Club ( Waikato) mem­ber, Ga­belich plans to take the MG to its pub­lic open day this week­end.

Club cus­to­dian Hugh McI­nally said the club had 420 mem­bers drawn from the cen­tral Waikato re­gion.

“Mem­ber­ship is ac­tu­ally grow­ing but we would like some younger peo­ple. Ev­ery month there is a club run or a ma­jor event.”

The club has its own spare parts depart­ment or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers and is as­so­ci­ated with the na­tional vet­eran and vin­tage car club parts or­gan­i­sa­tion. Other ad­van­tages in­clude cheaper in­surance, a club mag­a­zine and the na­tional

Beaded Wheels mag­a­zine. The open day is held ev­ery sec­ond year and mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to see a wide range of vet­eran, vin­tage and more con­tem­po­rary ve­hi­cles. From sin­gle- cylin­der chain­driven and steam- pow­ered ve­hi­cles built more then 100 years ago, to mid- 1980s Ja­panese cars which sat­isfy the ‘ 30- year- rule’.

The Vin­tage Car Club of New Zealand was formed in 1946 in Can­ter­bury and the Waikato club in 1958.

The club’s scope of in­ter­est in­cludes not only cars, but all pow­ered and wheeled ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing mo­tor­cy­cles, com­mer­cial, agri­cul­tural and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles.

The Waikato Vet­eran and Vin­tage Car Club’s bi­en­nial open day will be held at the club’s head­quar­ters 1 Maclean St, Cam­bridge, 10am to 3pm, Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 26. Pub­lic, free en­try.

Photo / Sup­plied

Vet­eran and Vin­tage Car Club (Waikato) mem­ber Vince Ga­belich with his 1935 MG.

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