Su­per Chevy Sun­day Turns Five

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

Up­per Hutt’s Har­court Park was where the Welling­ton Chevrolet Club staged its fifth an­nual Su­per Chevy Sun­day on Fe­bru­ary 8. The warm, blue-skied day brought out the Chevys and other clas­sics in force. Although pri­mar­ily a gath­er­ing for Chevrolet en­thu­si­asts, any make of car was wel­come to come along and park up.

More than a hun­dred clas­sics and hot rods ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion by 10.30am, and half an hour later the num­bers on the con­course ap­peared to have dou­bled.

Each child rid­ing in a par­tic­i­pat­ing ve­hi­cle re­ceived a Hot Wheels model on en­try. This was a nice touch that will en­cour­age fu­ture clas­sic car own­ers to come back again next year.

There was no ‘best in the show’ prize awarded, although that could be part of the next year’s pro­gramme.

Prob­a­bly the rarest ve­hi­cle on the con­course was an Aus­tralian Chevrolet Mas­ter 85 coupe util­ity, which re­ally stood out amongst its Amer­i­can cousins. The body was an orig­i­nal and not a cus­tom, as some might have thought. Australia in­vented the ute, as we know it to­day, when Ford in­tro­duced the Coupe Util­ity 302 in 1934. Chevrolet fol­lowed, pro­duc­ing coupe utes in Australia un­til 1952, when they were out­sold by Holden. Holden en­thu­si­asts would have been pleased to see more mod­els here than in pre­vi­ous years.

Ram­bler cars are now sel­dom seen at Hutt Val­ley car shows. Su­per Chevy Sun­day at­tracted two: a 1969 Ram­bler AMX and a 1972 Ram­bler Rebel four door sa­loon.

Or­ga­nizer Glenn Wood said, “The Welling­ton Chevrolet Club was very pleased with the turnout of ve­hi­cles for its fifth an­nual Su­per Chevy Sun­day. Spe­cial thanks to Main­freight for the pre­sen­ta­tion of their rigs, and to Josh O’ke­effe and Max Wood for bring­ing along their race cars. At one stage there was a line of chil­dren wait­ing for seat time (in them) and photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. New band Stir Crazy sounded pretty good for a first-ever out­ing. All round (it was) a good pic­nic day for ve­hi­cle en­thu­si­asts.”

1. 2. 3. 4. A clas­sic scene at Up­per Hutt’s Har­court Park 1969 Ram­bler AMX 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 1972 Ram­bler Rebel

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