Classic cars line up for annual show
Hundreds enjoyed a fantastic weekend of all things vintage at the annual Paeroa Rotary Vintage & Classic Car Show on September 15-17.
The weekend kicked off with a Friday night viewing of the Buster Keaton silent movie classic, The General, which was shown in the Paeroa Little Theatre.
Saturday provided all four seasons in one day with rain, sunshine, hail, more sunshine and cloud all putting in an appearance for a few minutes at a time.
The vehicles lined up for the parade through town despite the weather and started rolling right on time at 11am.
Once the vehicles were parked up in Wharf and Marshall Streets, the crowds poured over them and cast their votes for the People’s Choice award, which was won by the 102 year old ex Colorado Springs Fire Department America La France Fire Engine owned and driven by Craig Marshall of Waihi Beach.
Rotary Paeroa’s new President Conall Buchanan was MC for the day and presented prizes and certificates for the various categories.
Other events included a car ramble departed, a weapons display, bouncy castle, refreshments, the Dancing Divas, raffles and entertainment.
On Saturday, there was an evening of rocking and rolling with Tom Sharplin and the final events included the Antiques Roadshow on Sunday, where items were valued for their owners and the Valley Cruisers Car Club Run.
Show spokesperson Judith Jamieson said the show was a great success, raising funds for Rotary Paeroa to distribute for the benefit of the community.
Neil Dobson, of Te Kuiti, was joint winner of best Veteran Vehicle.
John Twaddle, of Whakatane, was the winner of the Best Dressed Man prize.
Barbara Brookes, of Paeroa, dressed in a genuine WWI nurses uniform, and was the recipient of the Best Dressed Woman prize.
Rotary Paeroa president Conall Buchanan, centre, rides with Colin and Barbara Brookes.
Michael Hughes won the Best Dressed Soldier.