Su­per Chevy Sun­day

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The Welling­ton Chevro­let Club’s sixth Su­per Chevy Sun­day was held at Har­court Park, Up­per Hutt, on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 14, with 150 ve­hi­cles park­ing up for what is now an es­tab­lished yearly event.

Al­though pri­mar­ily a dis­play for show­cas­ing Chevro­let cars and trucks, the show has wel­comed the par­tic­i­pa­tion of other cars since its in­cep­tion. This year, the other makes in­cluded Ford, Pon­tiac, Holden, Chrysler, and Ram­bler.

Glenn Wood (Woodsy) or­ga­nized the event for the fourth time. He said that the day was one for re­lax­ing and chill­ing out in a pic­nic set­ting, with no pres­sure on car own­ers. There are no prizes for them or their cars, an as­pect of the day that many of its reg­u­lar at­ten­dees say they like. In­creas­ing num­bers of own­ers now bring their cars to shows, dis­play them while they look around, and then drive off, their ac­tions thus dis­ad­van­tag­ing them for any prizes, be­cause their cars were not on show all day.

Rob Ferns and his im­mac­u­late 1957 Chevro­let Bel Air con­vert­ible were missed by many at the Hutt Val­ley car shows this sum­mer. Woodsy said that Rob is now liv­ing in Syd­ney, where

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he is wished ev­ery suc­cess with his re­lo­ca­tion. Rob or­ga­nized the first two Su­per Chevy Sun­days, with Woodsy ably tak­ing over the role from him for all shows since.

Ar­guably, the most pris­tine car on the park was Ja­son Reder’s 1955 Chevro­let Bel Air. Ev­ery­thing about this eye-catch­ing car is orig­i­nal ex­cept for the seat belts. Ja­son has owned the car since May 2015, af­ter mak­ing a trip to Amer­ica for the pur­chase. His Bel Air was parked along­side his dad Richard’s 1960 Chevro­let Im­pala coupé, which is a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant at Hutt Val­ley car events. The Chevro­let her­itage is def­i­nitely alive and well in New Zealand with fam­i­lies like the Red­ers.

Su­per Chevy Sun­day is al­ways a good show and will be even bet­ter next year with the in­creased pro­mo­tion we’re told that the day will re­ceive. The Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance and the Can­cer So­ci­ety NZ will share the prof­its from this year’s show.

Para­phras­ing what em­cee Roy Mcgui­ness rightly said dur­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of Bri­tish Car Day, such an achieve­ment is a real mile­stone when it comes to car shows. The cel­e­bra­tion was held at Tren­tham Me­mo­rial Park on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 14, with more than 450 cars par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Fe­bru­ary 14 is of course Valen­tine’s Day, which a few of the car own­ers ac­knowl­edged by spe­cially dec­o­rat­ing their cars. One added flow­ers to the front bumper and boot of a 1967 Rolls-royce Sil­ver Shadow, while three mem­bers of the Welling­ton Vaux­hall Bed­ford Club be­decked their cars with rib­bons, hearts, and bou­quets. The club’s pub­lic valen­tine on the bon­net of a 1966 Vaux­hall SL90 men­tioned the 30th an­niver­sary of Bri­tish Car Day.

Some ve­hi­cles that were part of the orig­i­nal Bri­tish Car Day in 1987 came to Tren­tham for the 30th-an­niver­sary show. Among them were a 1948 Jaguar MKIV be­long­ing to Don Hawkes and Melby Scott’s 1954 Vaux­hall Velox. Melby, a ded­i­cated col­lec­tor for the Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance, has since fit­ted an am­bu­lance- shaped col­lec­tion box to the bon­net of his Velox, which led the duty am­bu­lance on a cir­cuit of the dis­play area to raise more funds to help keep Welling­ton’s am­bu­lance ser­vice free. All prof­its from the day went to the Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance, as is the tra­di­tion with Bri­tish Car Day.

Stan Ed­monds, pres­i­dent of the Bri­tish Car Club, pre­sented this year’s prizes. The MG Car Club re­ceived the tro­phy for the best car club dis­play. Ev­ery year, the club has a large pres­ence at Bri­tish Car Day, and the win was con­sid­ered well de­served for its on­go­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the event’s suc­cess. The Peo­ple’s Choice award went to Ge­orge Wal­ter’s 1961 MGA. Ge­orge is the son of Vic Wal­ter, whose vi­sion led to the first Bri­tish Car Day in 1987. His win was a pop­u­lar one, 30 years af­ter his dad in­au­gu­rated the event. Ge­orge Wal­ter, Rob Jones, and An­drew Weeks pro­duced the com­mem­o­ra­tive sou­venir mag­a­zine, Cel­e­brat­ing the 30th An­niver­sary of Bri­tish Car Day, which is re­viewed in this is­sue on page 88.

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