Can­ter­bury USA Day

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News - Words and pho­tos: Trevor Stan­ley-joblin

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.

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