Pop­u­lar Panel­works open day ben­e­fits school

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

Hun­dreds de­scended on the Mata­mata Panel­works Open Day last Sun­day to ad­mire the col­lec­tion of un­usual and clas­sic cars on dis­play.

Some of the finest cars in the coun­try were lined up, in­clud­ing Mus­tangs and Shel­bys and the well-known 1974 Ford Fal­con X13 coupe which thrilled on­look­ers through­out the day.

Panel­works had re­stored the car over the past few years and it was named the 2011 NZV8 Mag­a­zine Street Car of the Year.

The bi-an­nual open day aims to sup­port schools in the area and Panel­works owner Mal­colm Sankey said this year all the money raised, $ 2500, was do­nated to Mata­mata Pri­mary School.

Mata­mata Pri­mary prin­ci­pal Carolyn Os­borne was elated with the do­na­tion and said the money would be put to­wards class­room re­sources.

‘‘ We will be pur­chas­ing new books for the class­rooms and the li­brary be­cause read­ing is our fo­cus this year,’’ she said. ‘‘The amount we were given was fan­tas­tic and the par­ent help we had at the open day was re­ally good. It is nice to be able to get out and sup­port com­mu­nity events like this,’’ Ms Os­borne said.

Mr Sankey has owned Panel­works with his wife Nicky for 12 years and con­tin­ues to sup­port the com­mu­nity. He has been host­ing open days since 2005 and will hold an­other in 2014.

‘‘It was a re­ally great day and I think peo­ple en­joyed them­selves,’’ Mr Sankey said.

‘‘The rain turned a few peo­ple away in the morn­ing but it soon fined up and we had more than 700 peo­ple come through.’’

As a part of the open day there was a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren which was won by Hadleigh Il­ton, Tayla Hughes and Daniel Crowther.

Show time: From left, Mata­mata Pri­mary School stu­dents Shae Tyler, Tom Al­li­son, Kur­tis Pertab and Shel­ton Sankey with Panel­works owner Mal­colm Sankey at their open day last Sun­day.

Top notch: The sleek 1974 Ford Fal­con X13 coupe that Panel­works re­stored which won the 2011 NZV8 street car of the year award.

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