Monday, January 2, 2017

Morris 8.


The Morris Eight Tourer Club of New Zealand held their annual gathering in Masterton this year, over New Year. I managed to catch up with some of them as they returned to The Highwayman Motel, where they were staying.
The only new car my father ever owned was a 4 door saloon similar to this, but with the sloping headlamp glass.



The club was started for Morris 8 Tourer enthusiasts, but you don't need to own one to join.
The Tourer on the left is having a wash after the days outing with extra protection for the top to save having to mop up any leaks.

My Dad's saloon had headlamps like this 2 door.
Here's a couple of photos of the actual car that Dad owned.


Oversized tyres on this '36 model.

Series E Tourer and 2 door saloon.

Two Tourers in white and probably around 20 years apart in age.
Although strictly speaking the Morris Minor is a Convertible as it has the fixed rear side windows introduced in June 1951.


A Morris Minor 1000 "Woody".
The wood rotted, but the rear section of the roof, in aluminium, didn't.

The last of the Morris Eights and the first of the Morris Minors, shared the same 918cc  side valve engine.
It was very reliable, but unfortunately not very powerful.

The later Morris Minors, of course, had the 948cc overhead valve engine.
The very last Minors (still called Minor 1000) used the 1098cc engine as used in the Morris/Austin 1100 range.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ferrari Feast

Last Sunday a small fleet of Ferraris turned up for lunch at The Farriers Bar & Eatery.
My wife, who was passing at the time, rang me when she saw them
and I raced down with camera in hand.
2009 F430 is powered by a 4.3 litre V8.

This 2016 California has a 4.3 litre V8, front mounted with 7 speed automatic.
The California was Ferrari's first front mounted V8.

Another F430, This one a 2005 model.

A 2004 360 Spider with a 2012 458 Italia behind.

The 355, with its 3.5 litre V8 dates from 1996.

The Mondial is even older, being produced in 1991.
Interior of the Mondial can only be described as typical of Ferraris of that era.

Produced in 1977, this 308 GT4 was the oldest Ferrari present.
Power was from a 2.9 litre V8.

1986 Testarossa wears a 4.9 litre V12.

One non-Ferrari in the group was this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo, with 5.7 litre, mid-mounted V12..

And finally, a 2001 360 Modena.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sunbeam Car Club 36th Annual Lake Ferry Excursion.

This is the first time I have attended this event. I decided it was time I went as my first car was a Sunbeam. I discovered that it is a worthwhile event to attend as it is open to all makes of cars.
Cute little 1934 Austin Seven sports.

1964 Riley 4/72.

1954 Wolseley 4/44.

I never quite felt comfortable with the styling of the Mk 4 Zodiac or Zephyr.

Rover 2000 was quite revolutionary for its day, but the 3500 have, of course, become the more collectable of the P6 range.

This Leyland P76 has a V8 with...

....manual transmission.

Vauxhall Viscount is a bit rarer than the more familiar Cresta in NZ.

Viscount was also a manual.

Armstrong Siddeley in bright green doesn't look quite as classy as silver or black.

Jaguar Mk 2 is in an unusual shade.

HQ Holden station wagons were once the family wagon to have in NZ.

1935 Morris Eight Sports is very simple outside and....

.....in.

The Hillman Hunter was a popular mid-sized saloon.

As was the Ford Cortina.

Cortina has bench seat and column change, as was the normal for most Mk 1 and Mk 2 Cortinas on the NZ market.

Cool '47 Ford .

Wolseley's 6/110 are a solidly built saloon.

I've never quit made my mind about the looks of the last model Sunbeam Rapier.

Triumph Stag doesn't look quite so cool with the top up.

The Sunbeam Rapier series V, is the ultimate Rapier, in my opinion.

4.2 litre Tiger or.....

..... 1.7 litre Alpine.

Corvette is bright !

Another series 1 Tiger looks right in red.

Hillman Imp is a cute little car, but sales could never match BMCs Mini.

'62 Cadillac is.....long !

Jowett Javelin has many enthusiastic fanatic followers.

1950 Bradford was a popular,cheap form of transport in the early 50s.
Another of Jowett's clever designs.

Triumphs Dolomite was a quick small, saloon when it was introduced.

Triumph TR7 never had the looks of the earlier Triumph sports models.
Although some would disagree.


Lovely MGC roadster. A very capable, fast road car.

Mk 2 is in BRG, but doesn't quite look the right shade in this picture.

Triumph Spitfire was a sportscar developed on the Herald chassis.

Another series V Rapier, but I've seen nicer colours.

1958 Wolseley 15/50.

Series IIIa Rapier is the same model as my first car.
This example has been in the Wairarapa all its life and barely looks any different from the day it was brand new.

1936 Ford Fordor sedan looks just right in a colour appropriate for its period and fitted with wide whitewalls.