Fords, Holden on for Star­ship

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA CRAFAR

Fair suck of the sav, mate, Feild­ing and District’s res­i­dent Aus­tralians are about to do a Dame Nel­lie Melba and hog the lime­light.

Struth, it’ll be noth­ing but ‘‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’’ as hun­dreds of spiffy-look­ing Ock­ers cruise by, be­fore ac­cu­mu­lat­ing en masse at Man­feild in all their flamin’ green and gold glory.

And not only lo­cal Aussies. They’ll be driv­ing in from Welling­ton and even from Auck­land.

Lest Manawatu ressies get their knick­ers in a knot about this mo­torised in­va­sion, it should be pointed out that th­ese Aussie in­vaders are of the four-wheeled va­ri­ety. This gath­er­ing from across the ditch is the fifth an­nual Manawatu Ford Club’s All Aussie Car Day show.

Manawatu Ford Club pres­i­dent Dwayne Bur­rell says the event should draw up to 200 en­tries in sup­port of the Star­ship Foun­da­tion.

That’s a far cry from the in­au­gu­ral ‘‘weather-bombed’’ event held in Palmer­ston North in 2012 when just 60 cars turned out.

As in past years, all pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the Star­ship Foun­da­tion.

‘‘It’s a great day and a great cause,’’ Dwayne says.

To date, the event has raised $8000 for the char­ity which sup­ports Star­ship’s na­tional air am­bu­lance ser­vice, pro­vides vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment, as well as fund­ing staff train­ing, re­search, and fam­ily sup­port sys­tems.

‘‘The show is open to all Aus­tralian-built cars – Ford, Hol- den, Chrysler, Ley­land, Ram­bler and so on.’’

Show car en­tries cost $10, and that comes with au­to­matic en­try into the draw for more than $1000 worth of do­nated prizes. Feel like go­ing along and hav­ing a dekko?

Spectators – or those driv­ing non-Aussie cars – can be in like Flynn for just a gold coin do­na­tion, as well as vot­ing for the Peo­ple’s Choice award.

There will be live mu­sic from Palmy band In­ferno, food, stalls and other en­ter­tain­ment.

For more info, email al­laussiecar­day@hot­mail.com or call Dwayne on 027 271 7776.

Check it out on face­book.com/Al­lAussieCar­Day. It’ll be bonzer.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Manawatu Ford Club pres­i­dent Dwayne Bur­rell with his mint, black 1972 XA Fal­con and a per­for­mance Fal­con model which was on loan for last year’s All Aussie Car Day show.

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