Car glitz and glamour hits town

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Classic cars from all over New Zealand were rumbling around North Otago roads over the weekend as part of the Oamerican & Allcomers Car Show.

Organiser Jayne Jackson said 70 cars from Auckland to Invercargill, including many locals, took part in the weekend’s events.

“It was about the same as last year’s show; there were a lot of other things on but we were happy,” she said.

On Friday morning, participants drove through to Waimate and on to Kurow for lunch before heading back to Oamaru. On Friday evening, a Mailbox Cruise was held out to Weston, ending at the Criterion Hotel.

The main show was held at the A&P Showgrounds on Saturday, with entertainment provided, followed by a dine and dance that evening at Portside Restaurant and Bar. A breakfast and farewell was held at Portside on Sunday morning.

Mrs Jackson said Oamaru’s Malcolm Muldrew took the main trophy at stake, the People’s Choice Trophy from McDonald’s Oamaru, with his 1959 Corvette.

“This is the second year running he has won,” Mrs Jackson said.

The other local winners were Lindsay McKenzie in the best vintage category and Tom Johnston with his Chev Silverado in the 1990 onwards section.

Other main winners were: Best muscle car, Gary Hunt (Christchurch) 1970 Plymouth Baracuda; hot rod, Nathan Hughes (Christchurch) 1947 Stovebolt pick-up truck.

By CHRIS TOBIN

WHAT A BEAUT: Oamaru man Malcolm Muldrew’s 1959 Chevrolet Corvette took out the main prize, the People’s Choice Award, at the Oamerican & Allcomers Car Show in Oamaru at the weekend.

PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN