Popular Panelworks open day benefits school
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.