In­gle­wood Ro­tary Car Show 2015

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The In­gle­wood Ro­tary Club fi­nally cel­e­brated its 20th an­nual car show on Fe­bru­ary 15, af­ter a bad-weather post­pone­ment from ear­lier in the month. A fundraiser for nu­mer­ous wor­thy com­mu­nity causes, this show is al­ways an en­joy­able and re­laxed day out; a chance to catch up with peo­ple you haven’t seen for a while, and to view a very wide range of ve­hi­cles old and new. Some are reg­u­lars that turn up ev­ery year, and this time there seemed to be a big­ger than usual num­ber of cars not seen be­fore. Any­thing with wheels is wel­come — the Mil­i­tary Ve­hi­cles Col­lec­tors Club put on an ex­cel­lent static and ac­tive dis­play, and a lo­cal per­son put on a one-woman clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle dis­play, with at least half a dozen of her bikes on show.

The Taranaki Mus­tang Club had eas­ily the best–rep­re­sented make and model dis­play, although the Jaguar Club was not far be­hind. Part of the ap­peal of this show is the di­ver­sity of ve­hi­cles that turn up. A near–new Jaguar F-type Coupé was a stand-out car, while the Prin­ci­pal’s Choice Award (the show is held at the

In­gle­wood High School) went to an im­mac­u­late 1929 Chevrolet Road­ster that was re­stored 30 years ago. This is a show where that over-used term ‘mint’ could be ap­plied to a sparkling white Hill­man Hunter and equally to a cou­ple of very tasty Jaguar XKR drop­heads.

My pick was the su­perb black 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, but there was a sur­pris­ing num­ber of cars I would hap­pily have taken home. With 200 or so ve­hi­cles on dis­play, a laid-back and some­times hu­mor­ous com­men­tary, sausage siz­zle, ice-cream van, car and mo­tor­cy­cle peo­ple — the In­gle­wood Ro­tary Club can be justly proud of their ef­fort. Only a cof­fee van could have im­proved the day for some caf­feine ad­dicts who had to make do with a heady dose of ve­hi­cles in­stead, which wasn’t ex­actly a hard­ship!

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