Photo by Mark Pice
The owner of this "classic'' 1985 Lancia Beta was
philosophical as he watched it burn in Meadowstone
Drive, Wanaka, about 5pm yesterday.
The man, who did not want to be named, said: "It's not
uncommon for Italian cars to blow up. It's just part of it.''
Neighbour Mark Gould said the fire began as just a "little
wisp'' of smoke under the bonnet.
The Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade doused the flames and
recovered a new cambelt the man had intended fitting to the
He does not expect the car can be salvaged.