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Going old school: Very Vintage Day Out 2019

21 August, 2019



It can sometimes be difficult to reconcile your hobbies with those of your partner, but the Very Vintage Day Out neatly straddles the divide with an awesome vehicle display featuring classic cars, muscle cars, and hot rods from the ’30s to the ’60s, as well as the Jack Daniels Miss Pinup New Zealand beauty pageant — united by the appreciation of all things vintage, pinup, and rockabilly.

Now in its eight year, 2019 sees a full programme of entertainment including live bands, dancers, a new Show Vehicle Display Hall for up to 90 vehicles, military displays, makeovers, as well as over 90 vendors on site selling a huge range of Vintage, Retro, Rockabilly and Pin Up products. The Friday night even has a 1940s Military-themed dance with big band Tuxedo Swing playing

If you’re keen to display your vehicle, you’ll receive free undercover parking on the day in Hall 1, free entry into the event for the driver and be in the draw for a mystery prize pack from NZV8 magazine and Jack Daniels — simply visit the Very Vintage Day Out vehicle registration page.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventfinda for $22, or on the door at $25.

Saturday, 19 October
Very Vintage Day Out 2019
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

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.