Fun outing . . . Rob Batstone and his father Roger enjoyed a run in Gladys from Christchurch to Amberley. Photo: Robyn Bristow


Gladys doesn’t have many miles on the clock, despite being 58 years old.

She runs at a comfortable 80kmh – that was 50 miles an hour back in her heyday – and has provided years of enjoyment for the Batstone family.

Gladys, a 1960 Morris Minor, was among 425 vehicles that rocked on up to Amberley last Sunday to enjoy the atmosphere and fun of the annual Rock’n’Wheels event.

Rob Batstone, with his father Roger on board, took a Father’s Day run from Christchurch to Amberley, in “nana’s” car, which she had bought new.

Rob and Roger relaxed in the cool temperatures, enjoying their father-and-son outing as hundreds took the opportunity to head on down to the domain to view the line-up.

Some gleamed, others not so much, while a handful looked in desperate need of some tender, loving care.

Bob Harris, from Oxford, regularly attends car shows. He loves showing off his stable of Mustangs – a 1995 Cobra and a 2005 Black Beauty. But on Sunday he took his 1997 Ford F150 for a run.

It was imported from the United States and has cost him around $20,000.

Bob said it had been lowered in the suspension so he had it “put back to normal”.

Then, he dressed it up. His Elvis effigy didn’t come along for the ride
as it normally would, dressed in all his finery to provide that American flavour.
The show enjoyed a record gate.

Drizzle around lunch time and cool temperatures, saw many, who came from
as far as Nelson and Dunedin, pack up and head for home.

Public voting gave a 1990 Chevy Camaro, belonging to Jesse Tuck of
Christchurch, the title of favourite car.

A 2016 Indian Scout took out the favourite bike title.

Another favourite picked by onlookers was a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado from
Christchurch which belongs to Dean and Diane Hunt.


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