Asmall group of about 13 car enthusiasts gathered at the Riverton Fire Station rooms 10 years ago to form a classic car club that now boasts more than 60 members.
“The formation of the club was pushed mainly by locals Barry Michel and Stan Black, and [the membership] has grown since those early days,” said newly elected club president Graham Findlay. “We try to cater mainly for a mix of Australian and American cars, with a few British ones as well.”
Located on the south coast, a short drive west from Invercargill, the small fishing town of Riverton has also developed as a popular holiday and retirement location, which locals jokingly refer to as ‘the Riviera of the South’ — hence the adopted name for the club, ‘Riviera Touring Cars’.
Graham is looking forward to the club’s annual car show on Saturday, 13 October, which begins a weekend of celebrations.
The popular show, which attracts car clubs from as far afield as Christchurch, was previously held at the Riverton Racecourse. The club has now changed the venue to one closer to town: the Riverton Rugby Football Club grounds.
Riviera Touring Cars is typical of many car clubs in its support for community projects, to the tune of many thousands of dollars.
“Fundraising for the community is a big part of the club, and we help raise money mainly for those who require medical help. Each application is considered, and the committee votes on which to support,” Graham explained. “The idea for the shows came about after a local got injured with a bottle and lost his eye. The sight in his other eye was failing, and we got the idea of running a car show to help him. We raised about $10K, which was given to him and his family, and that’s where it really all started.”
The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month and welcomes new members. It also holds monthly car runs, and attends other car shows and events throughout the region.
For club contacts and show entry forms, check the club’s Facebook page.