Driver turns 100, buys new Subaru

Bob Moorfield is most probably the oldest Subaru driver in New Zealand.

One thing is for certain, the Te Kauwhata retired farmer is one of only 11 centenarian licensed drivers in the country.

And to celebrate his impending100th birthday last month, Moorfield took delivery of a new All Wheel Drive Forester in September.

It is his third Subaru after he first bought into the brand when he purchased a new Leone 4WD station wagon, from Winger Subaru in Hamilton in 1984.

"Its main attraction was we could drive it across the paddocks when we went duck shooting," he recalls. "It was also a much easier option than the heavy 4WDs I'd had until then."

The Leone covered 180,000 kms before he replaced it with a Forester in 2006 and then his third Subaru three months ago.

Mr. Moorfield has lived in Te Kauwhata since 1919, when his parents moved to the north Waikato community to go farming - initially orcharding with apples as the main crop.

Later they started dairying on their 65 acre property and Bob took over the family operation when his parents retired. He also dabbled in wine making in the fledgling years of the country's wine industry.

His first memory of motorized transport was his father's ubiquitous Model T Ford, followed by a 1929 six cylinder Chevrolet.

Mr. Moorfield got his driving license in 1930 when it cost the not inconsiderable sum of five pounds. He joined the Automobile Association soon afterwards and has been a member of that organization for 79 years.

Bob's first new car was a 1938 Austin 10 which cost 340 pounds.

Mr. Moorfield's latest acquisition is not just used for trips to the local shops either. He regularly undertakes the 45 minute trip to Hamilton and is still driving all over the North Island on occasions.

And despite his age, Bob has no need for glasses to help him on his travels, although he does use a hearing aid. With the last of the current model Foresters now parked in his garage, Mr. Moorfield has no intention of stopping driving as he still enjoys the freedom getting behind the steering wheel provides.

- Hamilton News

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