Mopars in Cromwell

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New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE EVENTS -

MQuin­ton Taylor

opar en­thu­si­asts came from as far away as Kumeu, Auck­land in the north and In­ver­cargill in the south for the great Labour week­end an­nual gath­er­ing in Cromwell, Cen­tral Otago.

Among the 158 ve­hi­cles at­tend­ing, Mark Cole­man’s rare 1960 Chrysler 300 scored the long­est dis­tance ti­tle af­ter he trav­elled down from Kumeu to join in a great week­end of cel­e­brat­ing all things Mopar.

Re­volv­ing around a loose col­lec­tion of en­thu­si­asts who ‘meet’ reg­u­larly on Face­book, The Mopars of the South event at­tracted 409 reg­is­tra­tions, with fun social ac­tiv­i­ties cen­tred on the Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell.

The reg­is­ter’s ad­min­is­tra­tor, John Kerse, of Nel­son, was pleased with the turnout and va­ri­ety, with the usual high num­ber of Chrysler Valiant mod­els. Some rare mod­els turned up as well, such as Adrian Cre­quer’s dis­tinc­tively styled 1962 Chrysler Valiant, down from Christchurch.

Fri­day night saw reg­is­tra­tions for the week­end at the Golden Gate Lodge, and a chance to catch up with old friends and buy mem­o­ra­bilia from the week­end.

On Satur­day morn­ing it was time for the Poker Run, head­ing out for var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions on a 225km cir­cuit tak­ing in Ophir, Ida Val­ley, Oture­hua, Wed­der­burn, Ran­furly, and Omakau, and re­turn­ing to Cromwell for the Satur­day even­ing meet and greet and a meal.

Sun­day was a big day, with an early morn­ing cruise, be­fore at­ten­dees headed back to the Golden Gate Lodge front lawn for the Show ’n’ Shine.

The or­ga­niz­ers were thrilled with the great turnout of Mopars from mid­day to 1.30pm, which at­tracted a lot of in­ter­ested ad­mir­ers.

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Some­one was even cheeky enough to park a Ford Thun­der­bird among the Mopars!

There was no need to ask folk to leave a sec­ond time, as par­tic­i­pants de­parted at 1.30pm for the ea­gerly awaited chance to cruise the High­land Mo­tor­sport Park track and en­joy the ac­tiv­i­ties. Judg­ing from the posts on Face­book, it was a big hit for the week­end.

Sun­day even­ing was the time for prize-giv­ing and speeches, fol­lowed by a meal, with the event con­clud­ing on Mon­day morn­ing. It was a week­end of great weather, fan­tas­tic scenery, and good mem­o­ries.

It is the turn of Christchurch Mopars to host at Labour week­end in 2017.

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