Car show expected to attract variety of vehicles

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Oamaru residents can expect to see a bigger and better display of vehicles at the town’s annual car show next month.

The Oamerican and Allcomers Car Show will be opening its doors to any kind of car this year instead of its previous restriction to American cars.

Event organiser Jayne Jackson said they started off with American cars but had since decided to open it up to others.

“It’s looking like there will be a lot of Fords and Holdens.”

Last year they had 120 cars but she hoped there would be a couple of hundred at next month’s show with the new rules.

She had decided to organise the event after being part of a show called Americana which travelled the North and South Islands.

After the show, the organiser said he would not be bringing it back to the South Island, she said.

“Oamaru is a pretty central place, and I thought ‘why can’t we have something like that here?'”

Event promoter Anton Roswell said the car show was always fun for everyone involved, especially the show day which included a country fair.

“It should be quite cool.”

A neat part of the event was the letter box cruise where about 50 cars drive around the streets of Oamaru, he said.

“I’ve been absolutely blown away by all the people who bring some chairs out, have a few beers and watch the cars go past.”

The three day event includes cruising, meals for the drivers, a show day with live music, including a special guest singer from New Zealand’s Got Talent, and a country fair.

The show day and country fair will be held at the A&P Showgrounds from 10am-2pm on Saturday, February 8.

Public entry to the show is $5 for adults and children are free.

Registration is required to take part in the event.

Email fordloverjayne@live.com or call 021 174 4189 to register.

By RUBY HARFIELD