Mata­mata Panelworks Open Day

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New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE NEWS -

FAsh­ley Webb

rom rather hum­ble beginnings, Mata­mata Panelworks has grown to be­come one of New Zealand’s lead­ing re­stor­ers of all things Mus­tang, from high-end cus­toms to con­cours restora­tions. Mal­colm Sankey and his tal­ented team also ex­tend their cre­ative ex­per­tise to other mar­ques, and are def­i­nitely not afraid to tackle any­thing when it comes to restora­tion projects, in­clud­ing the likes of ex­otics such as De To­maso Pan­teras and Fer­raris.

On Sun­day March 13, Mata­mata Panelworks opened its doors for all to see for its 10th an­nual open day to show­case its state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and work­man­ship.

The Mata­mata Panelworks Open Day has be­come a pop­u­lar must-do event for many, and, judg­ing by the im­pres­sive line-up of mus­cle cars and other ma­chin­ery, this year’s event was an­other suc­cess.

Those who at­tended un­doubt­edly saw plenty of im­pres­sive projects un­der way, as well as many com­pleted award-win­ning cars — all tes­ta­ment to Mata­mata Panelworks’ high qual­ity, at­ten­tion to de­tail, and com­mit­ment to cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion.

The in­au­gu­ral Auck­land Brit and Euro Clas­sic Car Show was held at East Auck­land’s Lloyd Elsmore Park by the How­ick His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage on Sun­day March 6, 2016.

About 490 cars, and some mo­tor­cy­cles, were on dis­play at this su­perb venue, mostly from Auck­land car clubs, but with many non-mem­bers also dis­play­ing in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cles. Most Bri­tish and Euro­pean mar­ques were rep­re­sented, with a range of in­ter­est­ing cars in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing a new Mclaren, a World War II Volk­swa­gen, an East Ger­man Tra­bant, and a Jaguar D-type replica and Jaguar VIIM dressed to rep­re­sent the win­ning cars of the Le Mans Race and Monte Carlo Rally of 60 years ago, in 1956.

The big­ger car clubs like Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, MG, and Mini had large dis­plays — the big­gest com­ing from the Jaguar Driv­ers Club Auck­land, with an in­cred­i­ble 51 cars.

Crowd es­ti­mates (based on rough counts of peo­ple on site ev­ery hour) in­di­cate that about 5000 peo­ple at­tended the free event.

Vol­un­tary or­ga­niz­ers were from sev­eral prom­i­nent Auck­land car clubs: Jaguar (Lau­rie Hayward and Richard Waugh), MG (Dar­ryl Brether­ton and Rex Benns), Mercedes Benz (Ken Wil­liams and Gra­ham Col­lie), BMW (Paul Bradley) and Tri­umph Stag (Marion and Mike Cle­ments).

Key spon­sor­ship came from the How­ick Lo­cal Board, Pro­tecta In­surance, Jo Cle­ments Graphic De­signer, and Times News­pa­pers. Many other lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als gave gen­er­ous sup­port.

Chair­man Rev. Dr Richard Waugh com­mented, “The ex­cel­lent sup­port of Auck­land car clubs was so en­cour­ag­ing af­ter the hard work of our vol­un­teers. The weather was good, and with the nearby How­ick His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage giv­ing gold-coin en­try to its award-win­ning vil­lage, we had a very large pub­lic at­ten­dance. We are presently pro­cess­ing all the eval­u­a­tion forms, and, thanks to the suc­cess of this in­au­gu­ral car show, are de­ter­mined to make this new car show an an­nual Auck­land re­gional event, com­ple­men­tary to other ex­ist­ing car shows.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, check out bri­teu­ro­carshow.nz.

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