Feilding Herald : December 1st 2011
2 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011 NEWS ntast c Its as easy as M M M M M M M M MO O O O O O O O M M M M M M M M M HS S S S N N N N N N NT T T T T TH H H H H H H H O O O O O O O O ON N N N N N N N NT T T T T T T T TH H H H H H H H H H HS S S S S S S S 18 an fa INTEREST FREE NO DEPOSIT Napier Collection - Hall Tables from and China Cabinets from Jackson Ext Dining Suite 5pce $1,195 7pce $1,495 (closed 1400mm x 900mm open 1900mm x 900mm) $2395 $550 $1195 $299 Southshore Corner Suite, Barrel Chair and Otterman 4207696AA CONTENTS The only publication that reaches every property in the Manawatu and Rangitikei districts 29,000 READERS EVERY WEEK EDITOR 323 5839 Opinion .. . . Page8 Farming . . Pages 22 - 23 Arts and Entertainment . . .. .. . . Pages26-27 Sports Pages 28, 30, 32-33 Classifieds . . Pages 34-39 Wooden wheels to whip up interest in Whanganui Billboard: Once the signwriting is finished, this 1926-28 Essex car (turned van) will be seen around the Whanganui and Manawatu areas to entice people to go to Whanganui on Sunday, January 22, for the Open Day of Vintage Car Club International Rally. Photo: SUPPLIED By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Strictly speaking, Alistair Howard s latest project is not a true vintage car rebuild. The 1926 Essex sedan was turned into a truck many years ago and rescued from a Hawke s Bay orch- ard by a Whanganui vintage car enthusiast who wanted to turn it into a van. He got so far with it, but did not finish it, Mr Howard said. With the 2011 Vintage Car Club International Rally in Whanganui approaching, Mr Howard, the Manawatu VCC president, towed the partly restored Essex to Feild- ing and set about completing the job. Originally intending it to look like a Jed Clampett truck , Mr Howard enlisted the help of Norm Cook for the paint and panel work. He has made it a lot tidier than what I had planned, he said. But it still has some imperfections. We were not getting it to shine and show level. It s just for advertising the International Rally Open Day. More than 700 cars are expected to attend the rally, and the Open Day will have all kinds of activities at the Whanganui racecourse. There will be a race for dismantling and reassembling a Model T Ford, armed constabulary re-enactment, vintage machinery, Meccano, food and children s activities, model trains and the fascinating old cars looking beautiful for the rally. Mr Howard described the rebuilt van as a fruit salad since, although all the parts are Essex -- Mr Howard s preferred make of car -- they are not all the same year. The engine is 1927 but the doors are 1928. It s just something of interest, he said. American Essex cars have been a love of Mr Howard s since he learnt to drive in one his father had restored. That 1928 Essex was sold and 40 years later he found and bought it back, to join the model he already had. Vintage cars interest almost everyone, although not all are enthused enough to rebuild one which has been left to become a wreck. The Manawatu Car Club likes to encourage younger members, who may not be able to afford to own a vintage car, but are interested in the mechanical aspects, or maybe just the history these cars embody. Other members are always keen to talk about or have help on their projects, and the club has a great family atmosphere with weekend outings and social events. These vehicles are not just for sitting in a shed. We like to get out and drive them No sparkle from fireworks until the New Year A decision has been made to again postpone the Manawatu Fireworks Spectacular event at Manfeild, due to have been held next Wednesday. The weather forecast for each day next week is rain and wind and with so many Christmas end of year functions affecting many families, organisers felt best to announce this postponement early. The organiser s plan is to find a suitable date towards the end of the school holidays in January, to cel- ebrate the start of 2012 with a big family festival, entertainment, a nonstop programme and an amazing fireworks display for everyone to enjoy. This is an outstanding com- munity event which we want to go off with a bang, said Feilding Pro- motion manager Helen Worboys. Thank you for your patience and your on-going support!
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