Ladies, start your engines

20 June, 2017

Garages, sheds and driver’s seats aren’t just the vestige of men. There are a few good women who are well involved in the car scene, and we’re keen to get to know them.

From Queen Elizabeth II — who was a mechanic in WW2, to Danica Patrick — the first woman to drive in Indy Car, you ladies are an integral part of the fabric that is our hobby, our passion, our life.

We’d like to hear from women who consider themselves part of the motoring world and to tell their story in an upcoming issue of New Zealand Classic Car. 

If you are, or know someone who has a great story about the feminine view of motoring, get in touch with Lachie Jones ([email protected]) with a few details about who you are and how your love of cars plays a part in your life.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.