Easter South­ern Con­nec­tion

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New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE NEWS -

ASteve Reid

good se­lec­tion of South Is­land Ze­phyr and Zo­di­acs gath­ered in Nel­son over Easter to en­joy the vast ar­ray of at­trac­tions the prov­ince has to of­fer. Seventy cars made the most of the last of the great sum­mer weather, the con­vert­ibles ben­e­fit­ing the most by hav­ing their tops down for much of the week­end.

The ac­tiv­i­ties kicked off on Satur­day with a dis­play at the Speights Ale House, be­fore a free af­ter­noon al­lowed par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to re­lax and en­joy some of Nel­son’s best-kept se­crets.

Sun­day saw the cars take to the back roads through the Up­per Moutere Val­ley, be­fore ar­riv­ing at Park­lands School in Motueka for lunch. Af­ter a look through the lo­cal mar­ket many of the cars con­tin­ued on to Kai­teri­teri Beach, while oth­ers headed to Ma­pua to grab all the bar­gains they could find at its Easter Mar­ket Day. The con­ven­tion ended on Mon­day, with ev­ery­one head­ing home keen to meet up again some­where dif­fer­ent next Easter.

of choice was Fos­ter Hope, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides care kits for chil­dren en­ter­ing fos­ter care.

Once again, I was asked to par­tic­i­pate in judg­ing, and, af­ter a pleas­ant wan­der around the show, we were able to fi­nally se­lect the day’s win­ners.

This year’s Galaxy of Cars was a well-or­ga­nized and -sup­ported event, and we look for­ward to at­tend­ing again next year.

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