Canterbury USA Day
Organized by the American Classic Car Club, this event had humble beginnings, with the inaugural American Spring Cruise being held by the club in October of 1996. Ninetysix vehicles attended that first event. Since then, car numbers have increased to over 300, and the show moved from the original Waikuku Beach venue to Gladstone Park in 2006.
Battery Town is the major sponsor of the event, and the show features trade stalls, entertainment, and an amazing array of American vehicles.
There was a time when I was as guilty as the next person and would completely overlook the commercial vehicles on display at any car show. However, I will admit that my attitude to these vehicles has completely changed. Some of the most interesting utes, pickups and trucks were present at the show — especially
appealing when they still carry original or current signwriting.
Pre-war cars that I found to be outstanding included a ’34 Ford V8 roadster, ’36 Oldsmobile four-door, ’39 Buick Special coupé and a ’37 Ford V8 flatback. There is no doubt about it, those cars manufactured in the never-to-be-repeated golden years of extravagance are just something else.
This event is always good value, with entry at only $5 per person, and children under 12 free. If you’re interested in next year’s show, look the club up at americanclassiccarclub.co.nz.