ALL AMERICAN WEEKEND
Words and photos: Quinton Taylor
The All American Weekend in Timaru has become something of an institution in South Canterbury, with the 16th annual event held on November 18, 2017.
The fun weekend is organized by South Canterbury Vintage Car Club members Bill and Shona Weir, along with Darren Ladbrook, and it always attracts a good turnout for two days of relaxed fun.
“It’s not an official South Canterbury Vintage Car Club event; we just help facilitate it and help run it. We always get a great turnout, and the weather today has been brilliant,” Bill said.
The weekend was aimed at everything American, from hot rods to classics, including trucks and tractors and motorcycles, with a lot of US flags in evidence.
The event was also a fundraiser for the local branch of Heart Kids, and, with hot summer conditions, the weekend got off to a great start with the aim being to raise at least a quarter of the annual funds needed for the running of this organization.
Nearly 70 vehicles turned up at the Caroline Bay assembly area on Saturday afternoon for the cruise, finishing with a barbecue north of Timaru at the Pleasant Point Hotel. The evening entertainment saw a drive-in movie session at Timaru International Motor Raceway.
Sunday was the public display back in the Caroline Bay recreation area, and a big crowd turned out to look over some 160 cars, trucks, and tractors, along with an array of food and trade stalls.
If you are keen to take part in the next event, to be held over November 17–18, 2018, then either contact the organizers on 027 437 7087 or via email@example.com.
Top: Entrants in the Saturday cruise begin to arrive Above: Tidy Chevrolet pickup follows the group out of the bay Below left: Early Plymouth dressed up and cruising Below right: This ’45 Ford pickup may well have seen war service