30TH GREAT USA DAY

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

Dunedin car club State­side Streeters Inc put to­gether another en­joy­able Great USA Day event at Tahuna Park in South Dunedin re­cently.

The stan­dard of cars, pick­ups, and mo­tor­cy­cles present showed just how strong the car scene is in Dunedin and the ex­tremely high level of qual­ity work be­ing car­ried out. The club’s 30th an­nual event at­tracted ex­hibitors from all around Otago and as far afield as Christchurch and In­ver­cargill, who all joined in the laid-back at­mos­phere of a nos­tal­gic slice of Amer­i­cana. The event was made even more en­joy­able by the won­der­ful weather.

Club sec­re­tary Rae­lene Munro was very pleased with the sup­port the club had re­ceived from around the prov­inces and the feed­back she had re­ceived: “It’s been great. The feed­back has all been positive. There was not one neg­a­tive com­ment the whole day.”

The big prize of the day was one night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion at Home­stead Villa Mo­tel, In­ver­cargill, two adult passes to Bill Richard­son Trans­port World, and travel to In­ver­cargill in a Ford Mus­tang sup­plied by Dunedin City Ford. How­ever, at the time of writ­ing, the prize had yet to be ac­cepted. “The win­ning ticket num­ber was 0563 and still hasn’t been claimed, and I’ve even put it on Face­book but no re­sponse,” Rae­lene said. Some­one may have thrown away a very good prize it seems; hope­fully it will have been claimed by the time this re­port goes to print.

The club en­joys a high level of lo­cal sup­port and spon­sor­ship, and a num­ber of trade sup­pli­ers ex­hib­ited on the day, along with food stalls. While en­trants and spec­ta­tors en­joyed the pic­nic at­mos­phere, they were en­ter­tained with mu­sic by the Lo­gan Park High School Jazz Band, which was fundrais­ing for travel.

“The kids were great and helped the suc­cess of the day. Some of the for­mer mem­bers who had left school joined the band for the day and put on a great show,” Rae­lene told us.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Dunedin City Coun­cil are cur­rently un­der way to find a new venue for the an­nual Great USA Day: “It looks like this is the last time we will be able to use Tahuna Park, but we are in dis­cus­sions with the coun­cil to find another suit­able venue. There were few avail­able sites large enough and with ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­i­ties,” she said.

Pro­ceeds from this year’s event went to a new or­ga­ni­za­tion that the club had cho­sen. Rae­lene ex­plained, “It’s a new char­ity in New Zea­land, ‘Cast­ing for Re­cov­ery’, which sup­ports re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for women who have been through the trauma of breast-cancer op­er­a­tions.”

With around 30 ac­tive mem­bers in the club, it was pleas­ing to see new mem­bers join­ing and the re­turn of some older mem­bers who had not been in­volved for a while with the club, Rae­lene said. State­side Streeters Inc was formed in 1979 and caters for post-1948 Amer­i­can ve­hi­cles. Like a num­ber of clubs in the re­gion, it is en­joy­ing a wel­come surge in mem­ber­ship. If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the club or tak­ing part in up­com­ing events, email Rae­lene at state­sidestreetersinc@hot­mail.com.

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Top 10 Cars

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Best Club Dis­play

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Long­est dis­tance trav­elled

John An­drew, Wai­heke Is­land

Best Mo­tor­cy­cle

Phil Ley­den

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