This is a Morris Ten-Six from 1934. Having seen many classic British and American cars on the roads of New Zealand it was little surprise to come across such a fine sports car. It was parked up at the view point looking down to the Otira Viaduct in Arthur’s Pass National Park. Looking around at other cars on the road I had obviously stumbled across another classic car club out for a days drive. As I drove along I saw about a dozen different British cars from the early and mid 20th century, this was my favourite.
Sadly the owner wasn’t around when I found this beautiful American sports car in a carpark in Tekapo. This means I don’t know much about the vehicle other than it is a red Chevy Stringray Coupe, third generation and probably built sometime in the early 1970’s. Having seen many classic cars, particularly American models this is one of the best. Not only is the car perfect, but the location is great, no other cars around it and with a muted colour for the background. This makes the car stand out even more.
Coming to New Zealand for the first time, I had many expectations of what I would be photographing. From rugged coastlines and weird coloured lakes to huge mountains. One thing I never expected was a Morris Minor. Despite this photographs appearance, this car wasn’t alone. Parking up next to a collection of around a dozen old Morris Minors. It turns out that New Zealander’s love classic cars, from American Muscle cars and vintage English sports cars to even the humble Morris. This must have been a club meet down in Cardrona but I have seen many classic cars on my travels around the country.
The Cardrona Valley Road is a short cut between Queenstown and Wanaka. As I was speeding along, we whistled past this hotel and a couple of other establishments of similar look and feel. Turning around the van I had to go back. The old car in front of the hotel and the rusting whisky sign above the door (complete with bullet holes) really adds the to feel of the place. Maybe next visit I might get chance to pop in for lunch.