[February/March 1990, Issue 1]
“LITTLE PUP” ALWAYS DRAWS A CROWD
Reprinted from the Napier “Daily Telegraph”
This Cadillac car, featured in The Daily Telegraph’s Show Week supplement last Tuesday, was indeed a car with a history, former Hawke’s Bay A and P Society general committee member Mr G.H. Lloyd recalls.
At the driving wheel in the picture at right is Mr Lloyd’s father, the late Mr G.H. Lloyd senior, though the car belonged to the late Mr. Harry Nelson, of Woodville.
In 1908, Mr. Lloyd junior recalls, his father and Mr. Nelson travelled from Woodville to the Hawke’s Bay Spring Show in that car. On arrival it was promptly seized by the Cadillac dealers and polished up for their stand, as car displays were rare at shows in those early years.
On the return trip to Woodville, Mr. Nelson decided to try the car for speed.
“With timepiece in hand my father watched for the next mile post,” Mr Lloyd said. “He hung on as the car bounced over the rough shingle highway. “As the next mile post came up, Dad shouted, ‘Gad, Harry, only two minutes. That’s 30 miles an hour. Shut her off before she blows up!”
There really was never any fear of this well made car blowing up, Mr. Lloyd added.
In later years, Mr. Lloyd senior frequently outpaced the trains plying between Napier and Hastings, making the trip in 40 minutes.
The Nelsons had several cars in 1908 at Waikoko, including four cylinder Cadillacs. This “one-lunger” was always referred to as “The Pup”.
In later years “The Pup” was relegated to use as the gardener’s “hack”, carting lawn clipping and gardening gear.
When Waikoko was sold to the A and P Society in the mid-20s the chattels were auctioned, and according to Mr Lloyd “The Pup” was knocked down to Mr. Gerry Wolfe, of Napier, for seven pounds.
The late Mr. Wolfe kept the car many years, and it was used in street processions and at other functions in Napier.
About 1950 Mr. Wolfe sold the car to Surfers Paradise museum owner Mr. Giltrap for Two hundred and Sixty Pounds.
Mr. Lloyd said the historic little Cadillac was the late Mr Giltrap’s favourite car. Moreover, when he drove it from Sydney to Brisbane (as on occasions he did) many were the traffic jams as others slowed down on the busy highway to admire the little vehicle travelling along at its sedate 25mph.
“The car holds pride of place in the museum alongside the famous ‘Genevieve’,” said Mr. Lloyd. “The little ex Waikoko car, I can tell you, is admired by thousands every year.”
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