New Zealand Classic Car


- By Christophe­r Moor

This year’s British and European Car Day took place on Sunday, 14 February, at Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt, in near-ideal conditions for displaying, viewing, and photograph­ing cars. Experience­d attendees — I’m a newcomer, starting in 2009 — told me that this year’s show had the most cars ever, and that includes at British Car Days, the event’s predecesso­r. They said that previously unknown classics have come out of the woodwork, delighting them with the unsuspecte­d wealth of cars in the Wellington area.

The oldest car that I saw on the concourse was an immaculate 1914 Wolseley 16/20, whose owners took home the People’s Choice award. After the show, they’d intended driving it up to Napier for the Art Deco Festival, a plan that Covid put paid to.

The rarest car was probably the stunning 1938 four-cylinder two-seater BSA Scott tourer, one of only 14 produced. Surely a form of motoring heaven would be driving it home at its impressive cruising speed of 80kph. Greater Wellington’s Citroën Club had a precisely lined-up display of post–world War II models, and, further along the grounds, black Ferraris flanked the red. This may have been a revelation for some to realise that Ferrari also look great in colours other than red.

The MG Car Club’s display, always large and popular, boasted at least 60 cars. Getting a lot of notice was a gleaming red and cream 1951 YA saloon. Youngsters swarmed on the Mclaren 720S when two men exited from the gull-wing doors. They excitedly told their mates that they’d never seen anything like it in their lives.

The Wellington Free Ambulance again received the day’s proceeds. A Free Ambulance spokespers­on told MC Roy Mcguinness of the tireless work that the late Melby Scott had done fundraisin­g for the organisati­on.

Last year, Melby, aged 96, drove around the park for the final time in his 1954 Vauxhall Velox with an ambulance-shaped collecting box on the right mudguard. Happily, Melby’s Vauxhall is now with a new owner, a Vauxhall enthusiast, who will see this heritage classic is looked after. Melby was sadly missed at this year’s display. So few are so full of life and so selfless.

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Very rare Fiat 500 Topolino A sleek De Tomaso Pantera Pristine 1951 MG YA
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A very nicely presented classic Ford Consul

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