Ford and Clas­sic and Col­lectible Car Day

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News - Words: Christo­pher Moor

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.

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