Feilding Herald : January 19th 2012
4 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 NEWS KIMBOLTON ROAD FEILDING 06 323 4054 Trusted in Feilding since 1888 SUMMER SALE Until Monday 23 January 4312569AA • Beach Buggy -- Fun on a Rug 82931 $34.78 now $10.00 • Window washer 325643 $30.64 now $23.00 • Soap sticks 324941 $6.12 • Kea table & 4 chairs $560.00 now $299.00 • HOTPLATE LINER, triple pack 173994 $29.98 now $24.99 • Weedeater Line Trimmer 125360 $179 now $129.00 • B & D cordless drill 14V 113721 $143.89 now $98.00 • B & D Handisaw 6V 266760 $81.75 now $29.99 • EASY CRETE 431134, 25 kg bag $9.59 now $8.43 • 30 Seconds Buy 362155 5L 2 for $38.00 • Paint brush set 366192 $7.98 now $4.99 • Bird netting 4x4 170738 $9.97 2 for $15.00 • Weedmat woven 10m x 0.91m 142325 $17.35 now $10.00 Cobra classic mower 124607 with free Flymo line trimmer 125278 valued $89.75 $438.00 Bargain Bins SAVE UP TO 70% OFF $5 $10 $15 8$20 Sheds YARD MAKER 1747 x 709, 235168 $557 $270 YARD SAVER GALV. 1747 x 709 235159 $439 $230 YARD PRO 1747x1401 223179 $781 $395 All Trees Citrus, pears, peaches, maples, natives, plum, apples, olive, magnolias. Roses, all varieties, hybrid tea LESS 30% Collector's Chevy kick from Route 66 A classic American vehicle collection to die for By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Five beauty queens: Peter Beauchamp regards his restored cars as treasures to enjoy. From left, they are a 1929 Hudson hearse (obscured), 1938 Buick, 1948 De Soto, 1955 Chevrolet and a 1966 Mustang. Photo Bobbie Nicholls. ' It had a for-sale signonitandI couldn't believe it. It was exactly what I had dreamed of finding. ' Peter Beauchamp on finding a '55 Chevrolet What makes a person spend hours collecting and restoring vehicles that are no longer practical for daily use? Funeral director Peter Beauchamp has been a car fanatic since he was a youngster. He admits his passion to possess cars from another era was not inherited or passed on, as both his father and his children regard cars as a means of transport. I would much rather drive an old car than a new one,'' said Peter. When on-call as a young funeral director (before mobile phones), he had to be close to the phone at all times, so staying at home and pottering with a 1955 Mk 7 Jaguar was the perfect hobby. It is a car he regrets having to sell. A photo of his first classic still hangs in his office. It was necessary at the time, but I won't sell any of my present collec- tion,'' he said. These include a 1948 de Soto which had been up on blocks for five years since the death of its only owner. The mechanic who had worked on it from new used to visit Peter when he was rebuilding the engine and reminisce about the car. His next purchase was a 1938 Buick. It had been partially restored but needed new upholstery, and Peter rebuilt the gear box and run- ning gear. A fibreglass business he owned in Marton built bodies for a number of Porrena' (Porsche/Cortina hybrids with a VW engine) which were used in a beer promotion. Children and business were more important than cars for the next years, but he was on the lookout for a classic hearse. I worked for a company in Wel- lington that had a '55 Cadillac, and I searched for one of those. Eventually we had the '29 Hudson hearse made out of two cars. It is a beautiful-looking car from an era when cars and fashions were really classy. That was before cars were mass produced and basic. It is lovely to drive but needs a strong arm to steer. People prefer us to use that rather than the new Cadillac hearse.'' Feilding man Vern Jensen made the wooden spoked wheels for it. His next purchase was another American car, a '66 Mustang, again in need of completion, because Peter likes his cars in pristine condition. He says a '55 Chevolet found'' him. It was up on hoist inside a road- house where he stopped while riding a Harley Davidson on Route 66, in the US. It had a for-sale sign on it and I couldn't believe it. It was exactly what I had dreamed of finding.'' In his garage is another work in progress and a brand new Shelby Mustang he bought from the factory in Los Angeles, which has not been on the road yet. I like the big engines of the American cars,'' he said. Each car has its own story, and I enjoy reading about the pioneers like Henry Ford and Hudson. They were great car makers. You open up an engine of these old American cars and the engineer- ing is incredible.'' Peter belongs to the Manawatu Vintage Car Club and hopes one day to have time to take part in rallies and outings. I will be down in Manchester Square and at Manfeild this week- end to see the other cars and talk with people of similar interests.''
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