Monday, 1 April 2013

Gallivanting in a Minor Key

We were lucky today to be lent a Morris Minor Pickup (1958) by a Morris enthusiast for a little Tikitour to Turakino Beach.
We went to see the Red Bach Gallery, where as we drew up, three small dogs ran up....and were disappointed....the owner had sold hers two weeks ago so they knew the sound! She makes driftwood sculpture and garden art from copper pipes and water tanks as well as a small range of pots, some using local materials for glazing.

The journey was not without event as only 2k out of town the fuel pump decided not to pump...but after a sharp tap was administered, it worked.   The gallery owner told us that she had kept a small rock by the dashboard of her old car for this purpose!!

Then we looked to the skies as there was a flypast in formation  of what looked like Sopworths to the Pirate, and a slightly bigger plane flying behind.

Then we saw a Vauxhall Velox (only made in Luton, not Birmingham) which is the same age as the pickup we drove.
and a Vauxhaull Wyvern, which is work in progress.

Kiwis certainly keep old vehicles going...they do have an advantage as they don't salt the roads in Winter.

Then I drove back into Whanganui for lunch and coffee, parking very tidily, but forgetting that the Morris is a bit narrower than today's cars!


Dru Marland said...

good job you knew about the thumping-the-bulkhead trick; I keep the starting handle or a brolly at hand for if the fuel pump stops ticking... the most dramatic time was halfway over the Avonmouth Bridge... v exciting!

yeractual said...

Hi Gwynneth, Those pesky petrol pumps....'twas always the way with Moggies! Hope you both enjoy your short, remaining time on the island. have a safe journey back. Shouldn't that be Coch or maybe even - never understood the mutations, I'm afraid - Goch Bach?

Michèle Hastings said...

I LOVE that truck! and it's such a pretty color.

Joanne Noragon said...

When I went to college in 1961 one fellow had a Morris, in Cleveland, Ohio. He's a doctor these days.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Super cute! Love these old cars. We have many here as well because of the mild temps.

Susan Heather said...

Brought back memories - my first car was a Morrie Minor - not a ute though

gz said...

yeractual, that threw me too at first....bach is said like batch without the T...and is a holiday cottage/hut.
Although many are lived in permanently too.

Sandy miller said...

What a great truck! Would love that size today!