Flathead Fords converge on Decrease Hutt for traditional automobile meet

The Early Ford V8 Club national meetup will take place in Lower Hutt from Monday. The meet-up takes place every three years.


The Early Ford V8 Membership nationwide meetup will happen in Decrease Hutt from Monday. The meet-up takes place each three years.

Virtually 40 basic vehicles – Ford flathead V8s – converge on Decrease Hutt this week.

The nationwide meet-up takes place each three years in New Zealand, with basic automobile house owners from across the nation, in addition to a number of from Australia and the US, set to attend.

Rae and Fred Mills arrived in Decrease Hutt from Houston, Texas, on Sunday. That is the third time in 9 years they’ve travelled to New Zealand to take part within the Early Ford V8 Membership’s nationwide meet-up.

“I’m going to drive basic vehicles. I’m going to have enjoyable,” mentioned Fred Mills.

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The pair are avid basic automobile lovers. Fred caught the bug from his father, and Rae joked she married into the life-style.

Whereas transporting their very own basic V8 to New Zealand is a bit out of their finances, it gained’t be a difficulty. Over the subsequent week, Fred and Rae will drive across the area with the group.

Nationwide coordinator Bryan Cossey mentioned 36 Ford V8s would arrive in Decrease Hutt from Sunday for the Early Ford V8 Membership’s nationwide assembly.

On Monday, members would park their automobiles at Dowse Sq. in Decrease Hutt for the general public to come back and look at from 11am to 1pm, earlier than driving to Eastbourne.

“If anybody who needs to see the previous vehicles pushed on the street, cease on the aspect of the street and see them.”

Rae and Fred Mills have travelled from Houston Texas to Lower Hutt specifically for the meet-up.


Rae and Fred Mills have travelled from Houston Texas to Decrease Hutt particularly for the meet-up.

Cossey mentioned the Ford flathead was the primary V8 engine manufactured by Henry Ford, and was “only a basic.” The vehicles may hold as much as the trendy days vehicles and drive as much as 95 to 100 kph on highways.

The one situation was parking them in supermarkets, Cossey joked. The automobiles didn’t have energy steering, and required “a little bit of arm muscle.”

The driving force had owned his Ford V8 since 2000 after his brother-in-law received him . Cossey ultimately bought his personal car.

Danny Nevill has been concerned within the membership for 15 years. He bought his 1949 Ford Bonus pickup in 2012 and received it on the street 4 years later.

Nevill mentioned what he beloved about basic vehicles was the flexibility to talk to onlookers.

“Individuals simply love them. It doesn’t matter what you do and the place you go, folks need to come as much as you and discuss to you. It’s nice.”

The motorists will park their vehicles in Dowse Square from 11am on Monday for the public to view.


The motorists will park their automobiles in Dowse Sq. from 11am on Monday for the general public to view.

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