The Morning Hollywood
Drove In – and OffBy 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.
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.