Couple share a lifetime with their car

Graham Mock with the car he has owned for almost 60 years.
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Graham Mock with the car he has owned for almost 60 years.

Almost 60 years have been and gone since Graham and June Mock arrived in Taupō in their 1924 Durant.

​They are still married, still live here and still have the car.

Graham moved to Taupo in the Easter of 1959. Later that year, the couple married in Auckland. The theme of the day was vintage cars.

"We had a 1919 Daimler, a 1924 Rhode, a 1924 Moon, and a 1925 Sunbeam" Mock said. "That was for the bridal party."

After their wedding, they stayed in Huntly the night, arriving in Taupo the very next day in their honeymoon car the Durant.

"We've been here ever since," he said. 

The Mocks and their Durant were just one of many special car and story combinations at the Taupō Vintage Car Club's 50th jubilee on the weekend.

Mock is proud it still has all it's original features - the two-wheel brakes, the front and rear bumpers, side glass wind deflectors, running board kick plates, nickel plated side lights, plus a spare wheel and tyre. An electric windscreen wiper has replaced the hand operated one, he said.   

"We have many happy memories with this car, we named 'JIMMIE'. It is part of the family and our pride and joy." Mock said.

Mock had the rare 1924 Durant Sport Tourer, four cylinder, overhead valve, 200 cubic inch motor, fully restored in 1959, in Auckland and again in 1999, with the help of fellow club members.

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On Auckland Anniversary Weekend, in 1959, Mock and June entered the Durant into its first ever rally - the Anniversary Weekend Rally to Rotorua.

After living in Taupo as a member of the Bay of Plenty Branch of the NZ Vintage Car Club for a few years, Mock was instrumental in the Taupo Branch of the Vintage Car Club being established in 1967. 

It has travelled to many club events including the Millennium Rally in Hamilton, in 2000 and the Millennium Rally in Napier where they watched the sun rise while parked up at a beach, in the Durant.

They have taken the car as far north as Auckland and as far south as Whanganui and Palmerston North but not to the South Island.

 

 - Stuff

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