The artistry of the Vintage Fair

Ron Stubberfield all show and shine for the weekend's Vintage Fair
Ron Stubberfield all show and shine for the weekend's Vintage Fair

While the automotive industry continues in leaps and bounds, it's the artistry of vintage cars that gets people nostalgic, drawing them to the Wellington Vintage Fair.

"Many years ago, you picked cars by their shape, now it's different," Wellington Car Club member Ron Stubberfield said. "You have to virtually run up to them and read their badge to know what they are."

He said that while there used to be a preoccupation with the aesthetics of cars, these days car designers weren't game to divert from the straight and narrow, for fear of criticism if they produced something different.

"It would be lovely to see the cars change again," he said.

As a motor mechanic, his love of vintage machinery began at a young age and he believes that part of it was seeing the industry in its infancy.

"There was an element of not knowing where it was going to go next," he said.

"You look at cars now and they are half-electrical and half-mechanical and they are sharing a lot of ideas that were used then but are still used today, they have just modified and improved it."

While his first love was a 1927 Portica with wooden wheel spokes, these days it is hard to choose between his 1962 Studebaker Hawke (which looks a bit like a Jag from behind and a Mercedes from the front), his 1964 Cadillac and his 1929 Hudson.

The Hudson is unique for its time because it features a lot of gauges, including the temperature, and there is even a small button that converts the fuel gauge to the sump to measure the oil.

"They've all got their own idiosyncracies and you have to learn how to drive them all," he said.

Another highlight of the parade will be the antique fire engine owned by the Wellington Car Club which he will be helping to prepare.