Cromwell Hot Rod & Clas­sic Car Show

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News - Words and Pho­tos Quin­ton Tay­lor

The qual­ity and pre­sen­ta­tion of ve­hi­cles gath­ered to­gether at Cromwell for this year’s Clas­sic and Hot Rod Show — and those parked around the sur­round­ing streets of the Cromwell Domain — were tes­ta­ment to this out­stand­ingly suc­cess­ful an­nual event, hosted by the South­land Ford Fal­con Club.

Club sec­re­tary, Tena Mccarthy, re­ported a new record turnout of 746 cars past the gate for the event. It would be in­ter­est­ing to take a tally of all ve­hi­cles which made it to Cromwell for the day — num­bers must have been well over 1000.

Trade and food stalls were in abun­dance this year, with again great lo­cal sup­port and an ideal set­ting. Lo­cal po­lice pitched in and helped get ev­ery­one away safely out of the venue at the con­clu­sion, but many de­cided to stay on and en­joy a bar­be­cue in the hot con­di­tions.

Amongst the nu­mer­ous awards pre­sented at the show, the Peo­ple’s Choice Award is al­ways hotly con­tested. This year Diane and Roger Whyte of Dacre, just north of In­ver­cargill and win­ners of the award in 2014, were again the re­cip­i­ents. It was an­other first for the show, as a back-to-back win­ner has not oc­curred be­fore with the same ve­hi­cle.

“It’s a bit hum­bling to re­ceive this again this year for the sec­ond time with so many great cars here to choose from. We’re very happy to get this,” an over­whelmed Roger Whyte said as he ac­cepted the tro­phy.

Roger did most of the work on his 1978 Ford Fal­con VC panel van him­self, ex­cept for some panel-work and the paint­ing. The Fal­con was ac­com­pa­nied by its ‘lit­tle brother’ for the rest of the fam­ily to travel in — an equally well-pre­pared 1980 Ford Es­cort MKII panel van.

An­other Fal­con that re­ceived lots of at­ten­tion from show-go­ers was the barn-find car owned by Karen and Don­ald Ram­sey, of Gore. They pur­chased their Ford Fal­con about 18 months ago when they spot­ted it at a Mil­ton panel shop. “It was re­ally rough and painted pur­ple but it was all there. I de­cided to buy it be­cause the old black plates start with my ini­tials,” Don­ald said. Known for his panel skills, Don­ald soon had the car look­ing great in its now vivid-yel­low paint scheme with black speed stripes.

Pukekohe Hot Rod Club mem­ber Brian Simp­kins turned up at Cromwell with an im­mac­u­late 1958 Chevrolet Im­pala, which was not only im­pres­sive on the out­side and in­side. “I was talk­ing to a mate a week be­fore we came to the show and he asked me what I was do­ing. I told him I was touch­ing up the paint on the Chevrolet. He told me it didn’t need it, and I said no, it’s the un­der­side I’m touch­ing up. Come around and give me a hand,” he quipped.

Sure enough, a quick check un­der­neath showed it as clean as a whis­tle!

With tem­per­a­tures in the 30s lead­ing up to the show the weather was as hot as the cars on dis­play, once again a great event.

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