Couple take Route 66 to Wanaka

Pictured is the Marshalls’ 1928 Packard Roadster.


A New Zealand couple are set to drive a classic car to Wanaka all the way from New York City.

Craig and Nicky Marshall will set off from the Big Apple next summer to travel 4500 kilometres by road to see the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow at Easter. The car, a 1928 Packard Roadster, will then be one of 50 more on display at the event.

Craig said that they are both really looking forward to the trip, but are also prepared for a long road ahead.

“There will be many challenges to get a 90-year-old car in one piece from NYC to Wanaka. It would be surprising if we don’t experience some mechanical issues and I am expecting to have to make a number of running repairs over the course of the journey, but more than anything at our age, it’s about enjoying the journey to get there,” Craig said.

The couple have given themselves five weeks to complete the journey from New York to Los Angeles, before shipping the car to New Zealand. They then plan to join up with the Destination Warbirds rally in Blenheim to drive the home stretch to Wanaka, a place that Craig said holds fond memories for them both.

“My wife and I met at Otago University and spent many happy winters in Wanaka during that time. We continue to visit pretty much every year. To drive a Packard with the hood down, across secondary USA roads in autumn at a leisurely pace and join a group of car enthusiasts here in New Zealand to drive the final leg to Wanaka appeals to me and my wife. What is there not to like?” Craig said.

Craig is no stranger to long trips, having once driven from West to East across the US in a $100 car back in 1982.

Image: The Marshalls’ 1928 Packard Roadster. (Supplied)

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