Canterbury USA Day
Organized by the American Classic Car Club, this event had humble beginnings, starting in October 1996 with the inaugural American Spring Cruise. Ninety-six vehicles attended that first event, and, as attendance increased each year over the following 10 years, it became obvious that a larger venue than the original one at the Waikuku Beach Oval had to be found. As a result, since 2006, Gladstone Park in Woodend, North Canterbury, has been the venue for this great day — one of my favourite classicrelated events in the busy summer calendar.
I have noticed a trend over the past few years for increasing numbers of light-commercial vehicles being restored and, I must add, to a very high standard in most cases — better than they ever were when they left the dealer’s showroom floor, as is true with most new restorations these days.
On the other hand, I see a lot of American vehicles, be they pre-war or post-war, being left in the condition in which they were found in the US — as so-called survivor cars in worn but original condition.
Cars on display at this year’s Canterbury USA Day covered all these types — so there was plenty to see and talk about during my walk around the showgrounds.