Be­hind the Scenes

New Zealand Classic Car - - Letters -

If you’ve ever wanted to get be­hind closed doors at the South­ward Car Mu­seum to catch a glimpse of of some of the world’s rarest ve­hi­cles, then get along to the mu­seum on Sun­day March 6, 2016.

Af­ter the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral Open House in 2012 it was de­cided to make it a spe­cial an­nual event, giv­ing ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the trea­sure trove of rare ve­hi­cles in the stor­age sheds and work­shops where the cars and mo­tor­cy­cles are re­stored and main­tained. Some of the ve­hi­cles usu­ally on dis­play in the mu­seum will be kicked into life for all to en­joy, this time in­clud­ing an ex­tremely rare Bu­gatti Type 57C.

Within the mu­seum com­plex the main ex­hi­bi­tion hall will be open, with Len Fi­field play­ing the mighty Wurl­itzer or­gan in the theatre as he ac­com­pa­nies silent movies on a screen.

There is a new and ex­cit­ing fea­ture for 2016, with The Marmightys — a lo­cal Kapiti cov­ers band — play­ing live mu­sic in the mu­seum grounds.

The event at­tracts cars and mo­tor­cy­cles and their af­fil­i­ated clubs from all over New Zealand, re­sult­ing in over 500 ex­hibits on the front lawn, which is worth the ad­mis­sion price alone — so be sure to get along for this rare op­por­tu­nity.

The Mataura Scouts and Ven­turer Leader group re­cently ben­e­fit­ted from a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from a great bunch of petrol­heads.

For the past five years, the Mo­tor­ing Mad Show and Swap Meet on the first week­end in Novem­ber has at­tracted an ever-grow­ing and di­verse num­ber of mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts from all over South­land and fur­ther north to Tul­loch Park. Keep­ing ac­tiv­i­ties vi­able for young peo­ple in small coun­try towns is no easy task, and or­ga­nizer Tony Richard­son, who is also the pres­i­dent of lo­cal hot rod club Co­bra Rod­ders as well as the Mataura Scout Group, came up with the idea of a car-show fundraiser some years ago.

“We are very pleased with the turnout this year, with over 200 ve­hi­cles through the gate. We again raised a good amount to sup­port the Scouts,” Tony said.

“I also would like to thank the many

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