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Loyal supporters ... Ian Paki with his wife, Claire, and their cars, Ian's 1973 Chevrolet Camaro left, and Claire's 1956 Pontiac Star Chief at the 29th annual Muscle Car Madness in Rangiora. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By SHELLEY TOPP

A note left on the windscreen of Ian Paki’s lime-green Holden Kingswood 29 years ago started a lifelong love of Muscle Car Madness.

The note was left by organiser Craig Stare, telling Ian about a new muscle car show he was establishing in Rangiora.

Craig hoped Ian might be interested in showing his Holden at the event.

Ian couldn’t wait to go and had so much fun that he has made it an annual tradition. The 29th annual Muscle Car Madness was held last weekend at the Rangiora A&P Showgrounds. It draws hundreds of visitors.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Ian says. “I’ve met so many people and made a lot of really good friends”.

Ian even met his wife, Claire, also a car buff, at Muscle Car Madness.

This year they both had cars on show. Ian had his red 1973 Chevrolet Camaro and Claire had her gleaming 1956 Pontiac alongside.

She didn’t own a classic car when they first met but was visiting the show with friends who introduced the couple.

Ian says Muscle Car Madness is like a big family, so each year was like a family reunion. “You have all the clubs in Canterbury there. It’s a big group of people but you get to know a lot of them.”