A re­union of Hold­ens

Stratford Press - - The Country - By ALICE COWDREY

A fam­ily re­union of a dif­fer­ent kind is in Ha¯ wera dur­ing Labour Week­end.

Cars man­u­fac­tured by Gen­eral Mo­tors will be re­united at Ha¯ wera’s TSB Hub as a way to pay homage to the car man­u­fac­turer’s clos­ing ear­lier this year.

Car lovers are be­ing urged to take along any Gen­eral Mo­tors ve­hi­cle to the show from rusted ve­hi­cles and barn finds to deluxe show cars.

Or­gan­ised by the Taranaki Holden Club, the show will be a great op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to see what came out of the pop­u­lar man­u­fac­turer’s fac­tory, says club pres­i­dent Graeme Scown.

“The con­cept was to bring to­gether the many makes and mod­els pro­duced by Gen­eral Mo­tors, no mat­ter the con­di­tion of ve­hi­cle. We want to see all ve­hi­cles, not just show qual­ity.”

The show is or­gan­ised by the Taranaki Holden Club and fea­tures Holden, Chevro­let, Buick, Cadil­lac, Oldsmo­bile, Pon­tiac, Vaux­hall and Opel.

Graeme says the club holds a Holden show ev­ery two years but changed tack this year be­cause it is host­ing the New Zealand Na­tional Holden Show next year.

The club has re­ceived many reg­is­tra­tions al­ready and will also fea­ture trade dis­plays, com­pe­ti­tions, raf­fles, give­aways, in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, a bouncy cas­tle and food. Team Kiwi Rac­ing will also be there with a race­car sim­u­la­tor and pro­duc­ers from tele­vi­sion show Teng Tools Mus­cle Garage will film a seg­ment w.

Graeme says Haw­era busi­nesses has been very sup­port­ive of the show and do­nated prizes and give­aways.

All show en­tries will be judged by guests and all tro­phies and prizes awarded on the day.

■ The Gen­eral Mo­tors fam­ily Re­union Show is on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 21 at the TSB Hub in Ha¯wera from 10am un­til 4pm. More in­for­ma­tion is on the Face­book page GM Show 2018 Taranaki or www.taranaki­hold­en­club.kiwi.nz. $5 adults, free for chil­dren un­der 12.

● The New Zealand Na­tional Holden Show will be held in Taranaki for the first time at Easter next year. Hold­ens will de­scend on New Ply­mouth from all over the coun­try for the event. The pub­lic will have the op­por­tu­nity to view around 100 of the coun­try’s best Hold­ens dur­ing the show which will be held at New Ply­mouth’s TSB Sta­dium.

Hold­ens will be some of the Gen­eral Mo­tors ve­hi­cles on dis­play in Haw­era at labour week­end.

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