New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and photos: Christo­pher Moor

The Welling­ton Chevro­let Club’s sev­enth an­nual Su­per Chevy Sun­day was held at Har­court Park, Up­per Hutt, on Sun­day March 5. Pre­vi­ously, the event had been held in Fe­bru­ary, on the same day as the Bri­tish Car Day.

Pub­lic re­ac­tion to the change of date was most favourable. “We’ll be stick­ing with March,” said Glenn ‘Woodsy’ Wood, the show’s or­ga­nizer. He said that this year he had an awe­some team work­ing with him, which had made the job eas­ier. Around 140 cars took part, which Woodsy de­scribed as “a good turnout.”

Su­per Chevy Sun­day has al­ways wel­comed all makes of clas­sic cars since its in­cep­tion. Join­ing the Chevro­lets this year were Fords, Cadil­lacs, Hold­ens, and Mer­curys, and at least one Pon­tiac, Opel, Ply­mouth, and Dodge.

See­ing these clas­sics could stir a few nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries. One man said he had seen a new 1955 Chevro­let Bel Air, sim­i­lar to the black four-door sedan parked up on the con­course, in a Pe­tone side street when he was a boy. His un­cle had drawn a pic­ture of the car for him. A few weeks later, he’d been dis­ap­pointed to see his dream car work­ing as a taxi.

Ar­guably the rarest of the cars on the park was a 2008 Ford Mus­tang Shelby GTC. The car has a plaque un­der the driver’s door that said it was num­ber 197 of the 215 pro­duced. Co-owner Daryl Gates said the model was made at the re­quest of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Ford deal­ers and was only avail­able for one year. The Shelby’s colour was called ‘Grab­ber Or­ange’, the only colour avail­able, and one that cer­tainly grabbed at­ten­tion. Daryl said the Shelby had had two Amer­i­can own­ers be­fore ar­riv­ing in New Zealand last year. Su­per Chevy Sun­day was its first ap­pear­ance at any New Zealand car show.

Prizes went to a 1957 Chevro­let Bel Air for the show’s Best Chev, and a 1929 Ford Phaeton re­ceived the Best Other award.

Pro­ceeds from the day went to the Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance.

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