Blen­heim Clas­sic Auto Show

New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE NEWS - Words and Pho­tos: Steve Reid

What do you do when you’re half way through or­ga­niz­ing a car show and things sud­denly change? This is the dilemma that faced the or­ga­niz­ers of Blen­heim’s first Clas­sic Auto Show. The plan had been to put any pro­ceeds from the show to­wards the travel ex­penses for two col­lege girls, whose class were plan­ning to travel to Europe in 2015. Un­for­tu­nately the trip was un­ex­pect­edly can­celled, but with plans for this event well un­der way a new bene­fac­tor needed to be found. St John Am­bu­lance was ap­pointed the re­cip­i­ent of any prof­its.

This was the first time for many years that a car show has been held in­doors in Blen­heim. Forty-one cars, 19 bikes and a boat com­pleted the line-up of ve­hi­cles, many of which have rarely been seen on the Streets of Marl­bor­ough. The hand-picked cars cov­ered all as­pects of mo­tor­ing, in­clud­ing rally cars, speed­way, hot rod­ding and clas­sic ve­hi­cles. The mo­tor­cy­cles in­cluded cus­tom bikes, off-road and side­car rac­ers.

The public sup­ported this show well, and many pos­i­tive com­ments were re­ceived. The end re­sult saw over $1500 do­nated to St John.

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