Thursday, April 18, 2019

River City Park Up...US Cars (1).

1952 Chevy sedan.
A fine looking 4 door with oversized wheels and tyres and a 350 under the hood..
'64 Chevy El Camino.
I can't say I've seen many El Caminos of this year, perhaps not as collectable as other models.
This one has 194 cid 6 cylinder.

1954 Chevy Bel Air 2 door sedan.
A very standard looking car, but rego details suggest there is something bigger under the hood.


1970 Chevy Nova 350.


1968 Ford Galaxie convertible.

To many the '57 is the ultimate TriChevy, but personally I actually prefer the '56, but the colour certainly suits it.

1965 Ford Mustang notchback.

426 cubic inches of 1963 Plymouth Belvedere.

Fairly rare in NZ I would think.
A 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24.

1967 Chevy Camaro RS in a very handsome colour, but I'm not so sure about the wheels.

1970 Pontiac Bonneville 455.

I love the styling of American sedans of this era.
1938 Dodge D8 with 217.5 cid 6 cylinder.

River City Park Up...Europeans.


1967 Mercedes Benz 230.
Benzes of this era are big, solid, comfortable cars, but can still cost a lot to keep on the road.

A good turnout from the Porsche enthusiasts.

1952 Citroen coupe is the second one I've seen recently.

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia looks like a high speed front engined coupe, but it wasn't.


I'm a big fan of the late model air cooled Volkswagen Beetles. They are relatively easy to maintain and drive well, but making them oil-tight is a challenge. This 1500 was presented in the condition it would have left the factory in 1969.

Furthest from the camera is a Volkswagen 1302SS which was the ultimate in Beetles, with MacPherson strut front suspension and double jointed rear axles their road holding was superb. Unfortunately the 1600cc engine was strangled by emission controls and I consider the 1500 a better car.

Earlier Beetles are also a well built, fun car. but for everyday use a conversion to 12 volt and a rear stabiliser bar are worth considering. Nearest the camera is a 1960 1200 while the other two are late 60s 1300s.

This 1300 Beetle was unused for 20 years and is now back on the road in original condition which is close to immaculate.
Another 1500 Beetle was parked outside the venue.
Roof rack is an ugly, but sometimes necessary extra as luggage space is limited.
This example also has widened rear rims and a touch of lowering.

River City Park Up...Trucks & Bikes.

River City Park Up at Whanganui was held on the 7th of April. Here's the first of a number of photos I snapped.



Moto Guzzi 850 Eldorado looks like it means the business as a heavy tourer.
Benelli 900 Six was one of.....

....two on display.

Kawasaki's 1300 water cooled six was powerful, but heavy.

Honda's 1000cc six had an impressive looking engine, but didn't sell as well as Honda hoped. Later models, like the one in the background, had a fairing added to hopefully promote sales. Both models now very collectable.

Two strokes, like this Suzuki GT125 are becoming more popular as preserved or restored items.
Honda 900, behind, was once a common bike on our roads.
1942 Chevrolet looks to be in a period colour.
Impressive Volvo heavy duty tow truck.

1940 Chevy pick up, seems a little modified.

1958 Chevy Apache would be worth a lot, in this condition.

'46 Chevy flat deck and a bit of friendly banter. 

Sweet '33 Ford pick up.

2018 Mack Superliner with a load of new Fords.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Cars at Omaka (2)

I like the styling of the XJ40 series of XJ6.
Unfortunately they were produced in an era when Jaguar was struggling with build quality.
This is a 1989 Daimler with the all alloy AJ6 4.0 litre six.

This 2008 Jaguar has the 4.2 litre V8.

Toyota Coronas were a popular model.
Nearest the camera is a 1983 1770cc version, with a 1988 1995cc Amon model, behind.
The Amon was a standard model with suspension tuned to local conditions by NZ racing driver, Chris Amon.

The 1951 Citroen Light 15 was ahead of its time.
The BX16 TRS Auto was also quite a remarkable car.
I have driven a BX, and although I was impressed with the ride and comfort, I felt the engine wasn't up to the smoothness and quietness of contemporary Japanese offerings.

1984 Toyota Cressida, a popular model in NZ
1983 Holden Camira, not so much !

Mercedes Benz's big coupes were well proportioned and sold reasonably well world-wide,
although I feel they were a little impractical.

The big Rovers in 3.0 litre form were smooth, if not so fast saloons,
but the P5B with the 3.5 litre Buick sourced V8 was a speedy limousine.
This is a 1973 version.

The Jaguar Mk VII was and still is, a large, high speed saloon.

Predecessor to the MkVII was the Mk V.
This is a superbly restored 1951 model.

The Vauxhall Victor in 1600 and 2.0 litre form, competed favourably with Ford's Cortina, but the addition of a 3.3 litre six made the Victor a force to be reckoned with. A very popular model in New Zealand around 1969, when this example was assembled..

Vauxhall's big sedan, was the Cresta.
A fairly plain sedan with bench front seat and 3 speed column change and utilizing the same engine as the above Victor.

Like a stretched Austin Cambridge, the Austin Westminster was only bigger, forward of the windscreen, to accommodate the 2.6 litre, 6 cylinder BMC C series engine.

Cars at Omaka (1).

While at Blenheim, I paid another visit to Omaka Classic Cars. Mary said it would be a waste of money, but it turns out they now have a whole new shed of cars that weren't there last time.

Triumph 2000s in both Mk 1 and Mk 2 forms were, and still are, a nice drive.
Both models were also produced in 2500 PI (Petrol Injection) models as well, but proved unreliable and difficult to tune correctly at the time, although many have since mastered their faults and peculiarities.
The Mk 2 was also produced as a 2500 carburettor model, as well, which became a very popular model..
Surprisingly these are still an affordable classic.

The Austin/Morris 1100 was later produced in 1300 form and, as with the smaller engined model, there was also a Wolseley version, as pictured at left. On the right is a 1957 Morris Minor 1000, an icon of British motoring. The Minor was introduced in 1949, powered by the gutless, but reliable, side valve engine from the Morris Eight. In 1952, 4 door models were fitted with the 803cc, ohv unit as introduced in the Austin A30, and other models were so fitted the following year. In 1956 the 1000 badge was added when the 948cc model arrived.  From 1962 the engine was again increased in capacity to 1098cc, but the badge still read 1000.

Many believe the Jaguar XK120 was the best looking sports car of its time, but I've always liked the more modern look of the XK150 as pictured here as a 1959 model with its 3.4 litre dohc straight six.

1967 Peugeot 404.
Although similar in looks to the BMC offerings of the time, the French saloon was a quite different and more refined car.

The EH model has become one of Holden's most popular collectable classics and are fetching unbelievable prices.

Mitsubishi's Tredia was a sedan that was reasonably popular in its day, but then the name was no longer used.
The pictured example is a 1984 1600cc Turbo verion.

Vincent motorcycles were renowned for their effortless high speed.

Rootes made some of the best everyday saloons in 1960s Britain.
This 1965 1600cc Hillman Super Minx is one of many sold in New Zealand at the time.

Subaru's 1600GFT model from 1978 was a variation of their coupe model.

Isuzu introduced this 1500cc saloon to the NZ market and from what I remember they weren't a bad little car. Reliable, but not exciting to drive, but as for all Japanese cars of this period, rust became a major problem after a few years of ownership.

Jaguar's Mk 2 was a popular high speed saloon of the 60s, both in motor racing and as a bank robbers' getaway car.
Although powerful, it was often thought the big twin cam 6 made it a bit front heavy.
The Daimler version, with its 2.5 litre alloy V8 helped this imbalance and to many, was a better car.
This 1967 Daimler is a 4 speed manual with overdrive, which for many years I thought was quite rare (most were automatics) , but I have now sighted several of them in NZ in recent times.

A 1974 Datsun 180B. A good seller in its day.
And a 1979 Austin Princess 2.0 HL a model that wasn't memorable.