Phil’s going Loco


Phil Dunstan is lapping up having this 1916 Locomobile Speedster in his garage.

The World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum in Nelson trailered the 90-horsepower, 8.6-litre vintage racing car here a fortnight ago for the upcoming Queenstown Auto Extravaganza.

Classic car collector Dunstan is babysitting the six-cylinder hot rod till the auto event, on from February 26-March 1, where it’ll be displayed in either a Concours d’Elegance at the Events Centre or a classic car cruise.

He reckons the genuine vehicle – which cost its previous owners $US200,000 ($NZ381,913) to restore – “is just amazing” to drive.

United States-built Locomobiles were the most expensive cars in the US in the early 1900s.

Dunstan’s been keeping it warm for the Extravaganza – last weekend he took it on the National Veteran Rally in Cromwell.