Moon­shine’s Sweet 16th

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New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News - Words and Pho­tos: Christo­pher Moor

It was happy sweet six­teenth birth­day for Moon­shine Rod and Cus­tom Club’s an­nual Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Day on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 1st. The venue was again Tren­tham Race­course, where the first six­teen-year-old car spot­ted on the con­course was an im­mac­u­latelook­ing blue 1999 Chevrolet Corvette.

With more than 600 cars, trucks and mo­tor­bikes at­tend­ing, No.16 was ar­guably the best turnout ever for the show. Or­ga­niz­ers Brian Arm­strong, Mike Simons, Dean Somerville, and the team of will­ing club mem­bers who as­sisted, can be proud of the smiles their hard work brought to the faces of an es­ti­mated 6000 vis­i­tors. “We were full up. We couldn’t have taken any more cars,” Dean ex­plains.

Pre-show pub­lic­ity was ex­cel­lent, with mo­bile and sta­tion­ary hoard­ings, posters in shop win­dows, news­pa­per pre­views, and ra­dio spots through­out Welling­ton and the Hutt Val­ley.

New at­trac­tions this year in­cluded the Miss Moon­shine Con­test, spon­sored by Glo­ry­days mag­a­zine, and won by Monique Mclennan.

Some of the Fords from the All Ford Car Day in Jan­uary were seen at Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Day. War­ren Birch’s 1934 Ford con­vert­ible, Bruce Man­ning’s 1956 Ford f100 truck and his wife Pam’s 1958 Ford Fair­lane, were among them.

A 1952 Pon­tiac Catalina coupe — parked up and look­ing in on that event from be­hind a fence — was very much in the pic­ture at Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Day, and ad­mired for its sparkling chrome work.

A few regular at­ten­dees missed Moon­shine club mem­ber War­ren Perry’s 1957 Chevrolet with its “IM A 57” num­ber plate. War­ren’s trip to Auck­land meant that a 1927 Ford Model A’s “IAMOLD” plate was the day’s most talked about.

The 60th an­niver­sary of the Ford Thun­der­bird oc­curs this year; the model cre­ated the mar­ket niche for the per­sonal luxury car when in­tro­duced to Amer­i­can car buy­ers in 1955. Rep­re­sent­ing the class of ’55 were a yel­low T-bird with the top up, and a black with the top down, the black Thun­der­bird cho­sen by Steve Curl from Main­freight as the day’s best Ford.

A 1955 Chevrolet pick-up truck won both Best Ve­hi­cle in Show and Best Chevrolet awards.

Coast­guard Welling­ton was the day’s ben­e­fit­ting char­ity.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. ’30s style — 1934 Chrysler CA Sedan Deluxe Yel­low ‘baby bird’ — 1955 Thun­der­bird Smooth cus­tomer — 1952 Pon­tiac Catalina Su­per Deluxe Cut­ting edge clas­sic — 1972 Oldsmo­bile Cut­lass Re­gal clas­sic — 1956 Chrysler Im­pe­rial Bird of prey — 19

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