After sneaking out if the park to get some water and groceries and sneaking back in again, we missed the last shuttle bus to town so we walked the 1k or so into town to check out the fun and it was well worth the walk!
Traction engines, steam rollers and so many amazing cars.
I got talking to Dave, the owner of a one off Studebaker that he got his license in when he was 15 and later bought the car. The car was made in Hastings with a wooden frame and has steel over the top with a full genuine Studebaker everything else in it. A lovely car.
We bumped into Dave and Rosemarie and all the crew from Waiuku there and they were really enjoying the scene and we’re all dressed very nicely. The pictures below tell the story.
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The retailers of Napier were all decked out in their finery, all enjoying he festival.
There was a couple who turned a street into their dance floor with a busker and did a very impressive floor show for the crowd around. Very good dancers and the crowd really appreciated it.
I even bumped into an old friend of mine Geoff who was also a photographer with me at the NZ Herald 30 odd yrs ago. NZ really is a small place !
As the day wore on and it got hotter, we found the 1918 Austin Bus was going our way home so after a $5 donation, we were on our way.
A fun day and more tomorrow.
2 thoughts on “Old metal with smiles all around”
Chris that looks amazing – and something we should all experience at least once?! Bet you are pleased buses have come a long way since 1918!
Definitely! Interesting ride in the bus though with the airless tyres.
Well worth the trip to be here.
The vintage bike and car parades are on today.
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