Ford and Classic and Collectible Car Day
After 25 years, the Kapiti Horowhenua Zephyr Zodiac Car Club successfully changed the format of its annual All Ford Day this year to welcome all classic and collectible cars. The event is now called the Ford and Classic and Collectible Car Day.
The organizers did not change the venue, which remained the easily accessed Kapiti school grounds opposite the Coastlands shopping centre in Paraparaumu. They could not have wished for better cooperation from the weather to launch the new-look event, on Sunday, January 24.
Peter Morton, president of the Kapiti Horowhenua Zephyr Zodiac Car Club, said he was very pleased with the number of cars that had parked up. “It was about double what we had last year,” he said. The day’s official tally was 134, with a 1914 Ford Model T being the oldest car I saw on the grounds. Peter said he was looking forward to next year’s show, which he predicted would elicit an even larger turnout.
A 1970 Mercedes-benz coupé received several “nice car” comments from spectators, as did Paul and Missy Griffin’s 1963 Mercury Marauder. Paul and Missy had not exhibited their Mercury before at any car display in the Greater Wellington region, and said they were enjoying their day out.
A few vehicles undergoing restoration were also spotted at the event. The owner of a circa-1950 Morris Minor would have returned to find a note under the windscreen wipers, asking him or her to contact its writer if he/she needed a badge to help with the car’s restoration. Such offers are rare in my experience of car shows.
It was first-time lucky for the owners of the day’s People’s Choice award — the immaculate 1966 Ford Falcon station wagon belonging to Paul and Leslie Godfrey of Upper Hutt was making its first appearance at any car show. Paul said that he restored the Falcon over two years after he and Lesley acquired the car in 2012 from Leslie’s dad, in whose garage it had sat for 15 years.
Runner-up in the People’s Choice was a dark green 1965 Ford Cortina GT.
The prizes and certificates for the People’s Choice winners were generously donated by Capital City Ford.