Cardrona is a ski field just north of Queenstown. The nearby gold rush township was established in the 1860s. Some of the vintage buildings such as the Cardrona Hotel still remain. Opposite the hotel in the small car park I found a gathering of about a dozen Morris Minor classic cars as well as this old cart on the edge of the field. Judging by the look of the wood on the cart wheels and the grass underneath this has been stood here for a long time. With the land behind currently being sold for building new homes, I am uncertain this will remain here for much longer.
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.
Melbourne has one of the most impressive tramway networks of any city I have been too. With out 150 miles of track, nearly 500 trams and 1763 tram stops across the city you see why this is the largest urban tramway network in the world. The first trams were pulled up and down the streets of the city in 1884 by horse, just five years later they moved to electric trams. Above is a photograph of the City Circle tram, a free route running around the central business district. As you can see this route operates some of the oldest, heritage class trams.