Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shannon Car Show Episode 3

To me, Benzs of this era are nicer than the later models.
1969 Mercedes Benz 280S.
Appache from Chev and F100 from Ford.
Oldest vehicle there had to be this single cylinder 1906 Cadillac delivery van..
Probably my favourite US car.1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee
Super Bee badge on the rear flanks.
I learnt to drive in a Mk 2 Zephyr, so they have special meaning.
2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is similar to my Toyota in.....colour.
Price is similar to twice my house !!
'39 Chev coupe is superb.
You can't keep the Morries away from a classic car meet..
'61 Studebaker was ahead of its time in styling.
Another nice Mk 2 from 1961..
Unusual colour combo for this 1958 Ford Fairlane 500.
For sale in the main street of Shannon, was this T series Bentley.
Yours for a mere $4000.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shannon Car Show 2015 Episode 2.

I wonder if this dog lives the life of Riley?
Immaculately prepared  '37 Ford "Woody" built on the light truck cowl assembly rather than the more familiar sedan based models.. 
This Triumph 2000 estate is actually a Mk 2 despite the Mk 1 tailights.
Mk 2 estates were based on the Mk 1 body and were therefore shorter than the equivalent saloon.
Nice to see a '57 Chev Bel Air with original wheels and trims.
EH Holdens used to be on the roads in thousands, but rare to see a tidy one these days.
'65 Chev pick up was my kind of truck.
Interesting to note that AP5s (like this one) AP6s and the occassional VC Chrysler Valiants are popular preservations, but one rarely sees a VE or VF.
Did Cadillac copy Volvo with the vertical rear widow or vice-versa.
Fairly standard looking Ford Cortina estate, apart from the mag wheels. but....
...under the bonnet there are four carburettors attached to the push-rod cross-flow.
'54 Ford Customline sedan looked the part and even carried an original Carless Day sticker on the windscreen above the rego.
Jaguar 3.8 manual looks a bit aggressive with the cutaway rear guards and Minilite wheels. 
Ford Prefect tudor...hmmmm.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shannon Car Show 2015

The biennial Shannon Car Show was held this weekend, here is a sample of what I saw there.
A late model Ford Falcon 6 powered this 1927 Studebaker President.
'58 Chev Impala Sport Coupe with spats over the rear wheels looks the ultimate"Grease"machine.
Also from '58, a Ford Ranchero.
The Monaro Club was well represented.
This '06  5.7 litre Monaro belongs to the brother of Max, who frequently contributes to this blog.
Harley trike with lots of extras attracted much attention.
Looking like a Le Mans race car is this 2000  Saker, which is NZ built.
2013 Lancia Rally car.
Toyota Crown from 1973 was well presented, but I'm not sure about the colour.
Unusual  Lancia Delta Integrale 4WD.
Not many tidy Holden utes from '78 around anymore.
Simple under bonnet view of Holden Premier 6 cylinder.
Compare with this.....
....V8 Rolls Royce.
Many years ago I owned a Datsun 1200 sedan and won an economy run with over 56mpg. That's about 5 litres per 100kms; not bad even by todays standards.
This one was completely original, including original "dustbin lid" wheeltrims..
Mercury Montclair must be quite rare especially in RHD.
Early '57s appeared to have two headlamps while later '57s had four.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Long Weekend

Last weekend we took Monday off as well and spent some time with family and friends for our 30th wedding anniversary. We stayed at Omori on the western shores of Lake Taupo. Here are some snaps I managed to get.
At Taihape, on the way north, I caught this day cab 2012 Freightliner Argosy hauling a load of what PTS was originally known for hauling.
Menefy's 2003  Mack CX688 with Hydrogen Peroxide tank zooms north at Turangi while the Mercedes ML takes the left lane to turn in to Turangi.
Osborne's 2007 Isuzu Giga 500. Again at Turangi.
I snapped away on Highway 1 while the girls were in the supermarket.
Plain white of Elite Truck Rentals Mercedes Benz going south at Turangi
Mainstream Kenworth K108 from 2013.
A 2012 Hino full of bread and pies.
Big Chill Volvo takes the left lane to turn in to Turangi.
This unit went on the road in 2014.
I was just putting the camera away when I saw this truck and trailer approaching. I wasn't going to snap it, but then I realized it wasn't a truck and trailer, but a Freightliner Argosy  towing a Mack Ultra-liner.
With a bulldog bursting out of the curtain.
This next lot was at Hunterville on the way home.
Mainstream Argosy from 2012 goes north.
Carr and Haslam2013 Mercedes Benz Actros 3248 pulls away south after a stop for a snack.
And finally a Freightlines 2008 Kenworth T404S heading south.