V8 driv­ers cruise in

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Shan­non was a hive of ac­tiv­ity last Sun­day as it opened all its doors to trav­ellers on the steam train to Woodville as well as the women tak­ing part in the An­nual Women’s V8 cruise.

The Ladies in Pink, a bunch of women V8 driv­ers from the Wellington area, cruised through Horowenua last Sun­day to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer. They stopped briefly at Levin’s Ad­ven­ture Park and ar­rived in Shan­non at the same time as the steam train ex­pe­di­tion to Woodville.

The train was brought into town by loc Ja1271, built by New Zealand Rail­ways in 1956. It can reach speeds of up to 70 miles/ hour. In Shan­non the lo­co­mo­tive took on fresh wa­ter, needed to cool the en­gine while its pas­sen­gers poured out of its seven car­riages to take pho­tos, visit the Shan­non mu­seum, pe­ruse the lo­cal shops and take on re­fresh­ments.

Of the proud fe­male V8 driv­ers, quite a few have big Amer­i­can-made mus­cle cars.

Many of the driv­ers and their pas­sen­gers were decked out in pink. Driver and car owner Tracey from Wellington Rod­ders said she fell in love with V8 mus­cle cars at her own wed­ding, where sev­eral such cars were in her wed­ding party.

Her light green car, with Ital­ian leather on the in­side, is of­ten used for wed­dings and funer­als.

Teiria Tarei from Waunuia­mata’s car is pur­ple with orange/red flames painted on the front. “Once you are on the high­way it is smooth driv­ing. It is a bit tough in town as it is a big car with­out power steer­ing.”

She’s only had the car for four months. Though it looked very big, she said it does fit into a stan­dard garage.


A warm Shan­non wel­come with re­fresh­ments for pas­sen­gers on the steam train to Woodville.


Steam lo­co­mo­tive Ja1271 with seven car­riages full of pas­sen­gers at Shan­non.

Teiria Tarei from Waunuia­mata is a re­cent V8 owner.

Tracey from Wellington Rod­ders shows off her pride and joy.

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