David couldn’t win this

David Farrar wouldn’t have a prayer in this competition:

New Zealand’s newly anointed “best parallel parker” turned up only for a laugh but drove home with a gaudy golden parking meter trophy to place on his mantelpiece.

Jon Acock, a 37-year-old from Durham, England, decided yesterday to contend for Ford’s Parker of the Year competition, held at Auckland’s Queens Wharf.

In his sights, as he practised yesterday morning in an empty car park, was the title, and a valet car park at Britomart Car Park valued at $6000.

First came a battle of man versus machine – with each driver pitted against someone using a Ford Focus equipped with the latest in “hands-free” parking technology claimed to help even the most hopeless parker make it safely into the tightest of parallel parks.

Acock disposed of the machine, showing he could park better than the latest technology using only his human skills.

Then he knocked out the only female to make it to the semifinals, Christine Cato, and finally faced off against fellow parking maestro, Aucklander Jeff Li. The pair sparred in a nail-biting “best of three” final round.

Round one saw Li the victor, but Acock took the final two rounds and won the competition.

Here is a reminder of David’s parking skills.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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