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Wellington Vintage Fair

I took these photos in between rainstorms. Towards the end the camera got a little fogged, hence the hazyness of some of the pinctures. The day was very grey, blues and greens were muted but the reds and yellows were almost glowing.

A Triumph Trusty, from about 1910. I could have used a roll of film on the old motorbikes, and even more on the old cars.

Stationary Engines

There is something about brass and copper that is lost with modern plastics. This is the fuel and air mixer of an old Petter stationary engine.

A pair of small portable steam engines connected to antique pumps. You can tell they're portable by the wheels.

The working end of a stationary steam engine. The vertical boiler was almost 6 feet high and a 10 foot flue was attached to that, so that the smoke stack towered over everything at the fair. The flywheel was doing about 60rpm when I took this.

A "2 man stand." The sheep weren't terribly impressed with being dragged from their dry pen.

Traction Engines

This engine was restored using a grant from the Wellington Shire Council, and is used to ferry passengers around the race course. It is hugely popular and there are longe cues of people waiting for their turn

Another regular to the fair, with trailers in tow. Top speed: about walking pace.

A Fodson truck, pre 1914


An MG TD (front) and an MG TF. Uncle Rod used to race his TF in rallies during the late 50s. This is the real TF. The MG TF on the market now is wrong. By rights the new MG TF should be called the MG C, to follow the naming convention that gave us the MG A and MG B (these were at the show too). The TF was the last of the T series MGs, whereas the MG TF is just capitalising on the name, the same way the new Mini Coopers are capitalising on the good name of the Mini Cooper S even though the new minis don't have the Cooper Special engines in them.

sorry. Photo:

Did I mention there were a lot of cars there?

Austin Healey Sprite: a very happy car. Uncle Rod used to race his MG against one of these. He says the fellow screamed into the Southern Cross Car Club grounds, leapt from his shiney ner car and smiled. "What do you think?" Rod's navigator, John, puffed on his pipe and walked around the Sprite for a good 5 minutes, studying it. Finally the took his pipe out and said:

"It looks like a startled frog."

(Rod also says a new member of the SCCC turned up in a barnd new V8 Cadillac. He was told he'd come 4th in all the races. When the fellow complained about rallies being rigged he was told "There are 2 MGs and a Sprite in this club. You'll come 4th.")

Steam Cars

Dash board and instrument panel of a Dobel

A steam car I don't remember the name of. It all looks terribly complex.

A "Late" model Stanley Steamer

An "early" model Stanley Steamer

The 1901 Locomobile

The owner is interviewed by Prime News. She was in the full Ladies Driving Kit of the early Edwardian period.

The Locomobile power plant (the black box with "Locomobile" cast onto the cylinder) had 1 piston.

Carbide lamps lit the road ahead. Look out! This vehicle goes 10mph!

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