New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and pho­tos: Quin­ton Tay­lor

It just gets bet­ter ev­ery year, and this one was par­tic­u­larly no­table for its va­ri­ety. South­land Ford Fal­con Club mem­bers or­ga­nized an­other suc­cess­ful Cromwell Clas­sic Car and Hot Rod Fes­ti­val for 2018, held this year on Jan­uary 20, with more than 600 cars on dis­play in the recre­ation ground. South­land is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a bumper hol­i­day sea­son, with tem­per­a­tures hov­er­ing in the mid 30s, and the de­mand for any­thing liq­uid was huge. Kick­ing back and re­lax­ing in the shade was the or­der of the day, along with en­joy­ing the hol­i­day at­mos­phere of this mar­vel­lous lo­ca­tion.

This year’s fes­ti­val was not only a chance for car en­thu­si­asts and fam­i­lies to get to­gether but also to show­case the ex­tremely high stan­dards of restora­tion and prepa­ra­tion of clas­sic cars, pick­ups, trucks, and mo­tor­cy­cles, along with a mix­ture of trade stalls.

This year was also no­table for hav­ing in at­ten­dance a va­ri­ety of makes and mod­els not of­ten seen, along with a great mix of orig­i­nal­con­di­tion cars. For ex­am­ple, there seemed to be a big surge in the num­bers of Ford MKIII Ze­phyrs this year. The event is al­ways well backed by a large group of spon­sors, and the judges had a hard job se­lect­ing win­ners.


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