Packards Visit

The Morning Hollywood

Stephen Bishop, of Pararaparaumu,one of the admirers of the visiting 1932 Packard Double Six convertible. It's even got a folding windscreen for the back passengetrs when the top's down. And in the background, a beautiful cream 1937 Packard Super 8 convertible.

Drove In – and Off

By Alan Tristram
February 22, 2010

The locals couldn’t quite believe it when they swept into town.

They were automobiles straight out of 1930’s Hollywood – a gleaming 1932 12-cylinder Packard Double Six convertible;  a 1937 Packard Super 8; and a ’39 Buick 8 — plus a Lincoln Continental, first registered in Pennsylvannia in 1942.

But what was the story? They didn’t come out of a glamour movie.

The Lincoln Continental (1942) is less ostentatious, but Stephen Bishop would happily drive away this top-drawer US limousine

They weren’t Southwards on the move.

In fact, they had driven in from the Art Deco weekend in Napier. Four drivers and 8 passengers on their way back to Wanaka in the South Island, via another car rally in Nelson on the way.

Most were Kiwis, but one of the drivers, Tom Lieb, is a veteran car buff from California. He garages the Continental in Wanaka.

I found them enjoying a hurried pit stop on their way south to the ferry. Coffee and cake in a café.

They didn’t look like wealthy film stars – but the cars…..well that’s another matter.