Bri­tish Car Day

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide Events - Words and photos: Christo­pher Moor

It was a new look for Bri­tish Car Day at Tren­tham Me­mo­rial Park on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 12. More cars were dis­played to­wards the cen­tre of the park than in pre­vi­ous years, which made it eas­ier to get amongst the es­ti­mated 400 plus en­tries, and added to the en­joy­ment for vis­i­tors. They gave this change the thumbs up.

Pre-show news­pa­per cov­er­age was con­sid­er­able, set­ting the scene for an­other suc­cess­ful Bri­tish Car Day. It was no 31. Both the Hutt News and Up­per

Hutt Leader listed the event as one of five things to do dur­ing the week. Bernie Quinn’s 1937 Vaux­hall 14/6 (DX) was fea­tured in The Do­min­ion Post, and the

Wairarapa Times-age ran an item on the 1974 Ley­land P76 cur­rently owned by Rob and Sonya Jones. Both cars were seen on the con­course. A line-up of eight AustinHealeys, in­clud­ing a Sprite, caught the eye, and Ford en­thu­si­asts were happy to see two MKIV Ford Zo­di­acs. The day’s big crowd pullers were a 1931 fac­tory-built His­pano-suiza J12, once owned by the Shah of Per­sia, and a 2012 Mclaren 570S, parked side by side. As one of the or­ga­niz­ers said, “See­ing the two cars to­gether shows how much mo­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy has changed in the last 80 years.” A 1972 Ley­land Mini with ‘My Mynee’ num­ber plates drove home with the Peo­ple’s Choice award, while the best club dis­play tro­phy went to the Mor­ris En­thu­si­asts Car Club. To be el­i­gi­ble for con­sid­er­a­tion for the peo­ple’s choice, own­ers and cars had to be on the con­course at the time of the prize draw. When in­ter­view­ing car own­ers and stall­hold­ers dur­ing the day, com­pere Roy Mcguin­ness asked for their opin­ions on in­clud­ing Euro­pean cars in fu­ture shows. Their re­sponses were gen­er­ally favourable. Next year might be the first at which the event show­cases Euro­pean ex­cel­lence with the best of Bri­tish.

Pro­ceeds from this year’s Bri­tish Car Day again went to the Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance to help keep the ser­vice free.

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