Classic Cars – World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson

History
There is some interesting history surrounding the site of the World of WearableArt Museum and the adjoining Classic Car Collection. The land was purchased by the Government in the late 1950’s to build a cotton mill. The mill was never completed and the project was canned, it cost £280,000. The land and mill buildings were sold to Standard Triumph New Zealand in July 1964 for £75,000.

Standard Triumph already had a car plant in Christchurch so the Nelson site allowed for expansion. Triumph 2000, Triumph Herald and Leyland vans were assembled and the first vehicle rolled off the Nelson … Read the rest

Classics Museum in Hamilton

Plenty of Kiwi blokes have sheds, but not many sheds house a multi million dollar collection of classic cars and automobilia. Hamilton businessman Tom Andrews has turned his shed into the Classics Museum at 11 Railside Place. We counted more than 60 cars plus motor bikes, petrol station memorabilia, and a treasure trove of bonnet emblems, badges, tricycles and pedal cars. The vehicles on display come from the Andrews’s private collection as well as car clubs.

1947 Packard painted Envy Green

1947 Packard painted Envy Green

I’ve picked a selection of some of the more unusual vehicles in the museum like the 1964 Model 770 … Read the rest

Let’s go to Beach Hop, Whangamata

Beach Hop 2012 – Gorgeous Girls & Wicked Wheels

Beach Hop will be held 20 – 24 March 2013 in Whangamata. Celebrate the 50’s and 60’s – listen to rock ‘n’ roll bands and see up to 1000 hot rods and classic cars in the Grand Parade on Saturday morning. In 2011 retro caravans were introduced, in 2013  Vintage Caravan Magazine are sponsoring the Retro Caravan Show. Update: Cool Caravans (2013 Beach Hop photos)

1957 Pontiac and Retro Caravan

1957 Pontiac and Retro Caravan

Beach Hop Retro Beauty Show

Beach Hop Retro Beauty Show

Saturday is the best day for visitors – the Grand Parade, Junkyard Fashion Show, Hop Idol … Read the rest