Otau­tau Clas­sic Car Show

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New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News -

It was a great turnout of clas­sics, mo­tor­cy­cles and pickup trucks on dis­play in Holt Park for this year’s Otau­tau Clas­sic Car Show. Orig­i­nally known as the Otau­tau All Ford Day, the event or­ga­nized by a ded­i­cated lo­cal team of en­thu­si­asts has seen the pop­u­lar­ity of this fam­ily day out in a coun­try park ex­pand each year.

It’s held as a fundraiser for Otau­tau com­mu­nity groups, and the im­prov­ing weather over the week­end en­cour­aged a di­verse range of clas­sics and mod­ern fu­ture-clas­sic own­ers to pol­ish up their pride and joy, and cruise along to en­joy the re­laxed at­mos­phere. South­land Ford Fal­con club pres­i­dent, Peter Her­rick, was pleased with the way the event evolved.

“We ended up with 178 en­trants on the day, which was bet­ter than last year,” he said.

A num­ber of South­land busi­nesses also sup­ported the show with their prod­uct dis­plays, as well as a range of food stalls.

The evening cabaret and auc­tion held in the nearby Sports Cen­tre had a rock ’n’ roll dress theme, with ‘Elvis Pres­ley’ en­ter­tain­ing to help raise a tidy sum of money for the small West­ern South­land com­mu­nity. Cabaret or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, Mar­garet Drake, was very pleased with the re­sult. “We had a great day, and the evening cabaret went very well with a good turnout, and raised around $30,000,” she said.

The event at­tracted some sur­prise guests as well as the clas­sic en­thu­si­asts, in­clud­ing a group of Aus­tralians who said it was the most en­joy­able event they had been to on their trip around New Zealand. Tour­ing in style: R Grant’s 1930 Rolls-royce Phantom scooped up a top-five car choice and the Peo­ple’s Choice award Size­able shadow: Bruce and Joan Jor­dan’s lovely 1963 Ford Thun­der­bird Rare Brit. How many of th­ese lit­tle Tro­jan work­horses sur­vive in New Zealand? This 1954 ex­am­ple is owned by Gra­ham and Jan­ice Moore Built for speed: clean lines of MJ Shearer’s 1954 Austin-healey 100 USA V GB: two tidy In­di­ans split by a Bri­tish Nor­ton Straight: Al­bert Van Turn­hout’s 1976 Buick hearse along­side an­other top-five car, the 1965 Chevrolet Im­pala of Gor­don Shear­ing Some­thing dif­fer­ent: Sam Brame’s 1974 Dat­sun 120Y Still go­ing: David Mcdow­ell’s ev­er­green 1936 Ford am­bu­lance

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