Far North Vintage Car Club Autospectacular
The featured vehicles for this year’s Far North Vintage Car Club Autospectacular, held at Taipa, were Italian, and nearly 200 vehicles of all types from vintage to classic, hot rod and motorcycles were on display.
Visitors enjoyed the relaxed family atmosphere, with plenty of activities for everyone — including pony rides, a bouncy castle and ship and the coffee hut, while Vintage Car Club catering kept the masses fed and watered.
The stalls were down in number, but there were plenty of motor-related goodies on sale as well as the Fire Service with its Jaws of Life demo, which effectively made quick work of demolishing a car section by section — very impressive. St John’s was in attendance and complemented the informative demonstrations, as well as providing blood-pressure checks.
Peoples’ Choice winner was Rolz Noble’s Holden HZ, with a Ferrari coming in second place, followed by Roy Fyfe’s Ford Galaxie and a cute 1958 Isetta owned by Richard Ward. Best Commercial went to a Nissan Patrol, while the two-wheeled section top award-winner was G Mcmilland’s 1970 BSA. A motorcycle was also the oldest attendee — Linda Green’s 1924 AJS. A 1948 Citroën Light 15 owner was awarded with a rotary polisher — as it was the vehicle deemed to be in the most need of the product.
Music appropriate to the decades of the vehicles on display was appreciated by the crowd, with Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina being relevant to the featured show car, Hans Compter’s V6 Lancia-aurelia Tipo B52, a vehicle built for Juan and Evita Peron in the 1950s.
The draw for two nights’ accommodation at Reia Taipa Beach Resort was won by Tom Clark of Auckland — he’s attended the Autospectacular for the last four years, counting it as a show “not to be missed.”
Dave Hills, president of the Far North Vintage Car Club, expressed his delight and appreciation of the great turnout and teamwork by members of the club to make it another spectacular day for the Far North’s premium car show.
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Autospectacular on January 9!