is 2.8m long x 1.17m wide
& will comfortably seat 1 adult passenger.
she has no seatbelts
& good storage in the rear.
with the windows in she is relatively weathertight
(in a vintage fashion.)
although myrtle (the turtle) is a 1929 austin 7 c-cab van
she started life as a 1929 austin 7 "chummy" (model ad tourer) in nelson
& lived around that area until the mid 2000's.
before then she had quite a few owners,
eventually ending up being bought as front wheels, chassis & engine by des plummer.
des carefully gathered pieces over many years before putting her back together again
& handcrafting a replica of the traditional c-cab delivery body.
as he didn't have blueprints for the body
he based it on a jigsaw puzzle he had with a c-cab on it.
knowing the wheel diameter he based his measurements as a ratio of that.
on the 1st day god said
"let there be rock",
in the year of '22 austin said
"let there be roll",
in the new millenium des said
"let there be harmony."
vintage austin register 2012 "austins over the plains" rally
her first photo shoot in christchurch
des & the building of "myrtle"
into a c-cab delivery van
... "happy" coincidence?...
a friend in the uk.
myrtle & the media
- easter weekend 2012 - resplendant amongst the modern bohemoths!
- 28 march 2013 christchurch mail
"heartbeat city" written by sarah lang, photo by guy frederick
- 26 may 2013 spectrum programme, radio new zealand with deborah nation (click on page play button for streamed interview)
- inside the red zone filmed with alexander robertson
(from chch. polytech broadcasting school) on youtube
"behold the turtle. he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
james bryant conant
- april 2013 north & south magazine