Steam car turns plenty of heads

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Standing out ... Lockie Smith, of Rangiora, with the 1914 Stanley Steamer Mountain Wagon he owns with his father, Daniel Smith, of Rangiora, outside the Anglers Arms Tavern in Sefton. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By SHELLEY TOPP

A gleaming steam car drew plenty of attention outside the Anglers Arms Tavern in Sefton last week.

The vehicle is a 1914 Stanley mountain wagon owned by Lockie Smith and his father, Daniel, of Rangiora.

The car is also known as King Of The Mountains due to its original purpose of carrying passengers to Estes Park in the Colorado Rockies, where the Stanley Hotel still stands.

The vehicle was purchased by the Smiths in Britain at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in August last year. It then took five months for the car to be transported to New Zealand.

It is now part of the Smiths’ private vehicle collection and is proving an eye-catcher on Waimakariri roads. Lockie was out with a group of his friends in the Stanley last Friday, visiting the Leithfield Hotel, the Ashley Hotel and stopping for lunch at the Anglers Arms Tavern in Sefton on the way back to Rangiora.

The stylish old steam car is “a bit of a handful” to drive and blankets are necessary to keep passengers warm on a cold day, Lockie explains.

The vehicle will be put on display for the public, along with the Smiths’ other examples of motoring history, at a museum complex that Daniel is planning as part of his new development on the corner of Flaxton and Fernside Roads in Southbrook.