Wheels of all ages rocked on up to Amberley

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‘If its wheels, and you love, bring it along!’ And they stuck with the theme and arrived in their hundreds.
Over 450 much-loved vehicles rolled into the Rock‘n’Wheels show and swap meet at the Amberley Domain on Father’s Day where their owners, families and supporters parked up, set up seats, enjoyed a picnic lunch, orjust browsed among the cars, bikes, four-wheel drives and campers – anything with wheels.
Others did a bit of shopping and swapping at the craft fair and swap meet, alongside the rows and rows of vehicles and enjoyed the live music by the Rubber Bands while snacking on the food on sale.
The numbers of vehicles well exceeded the 300 that turned out last year and kept the organisers busy asthey rolled in from 8.30am until well after noon.
The main highway north and south of Amberley was a parade of nearly every make of car in New Zealand and they all provided plenty of excitement when they rumbled to ahalt in the domain.
Vehicles and bikes of all ages – some gleaming, others not so. Some the regular family car, others were just out for the day for a special treat and were taken home to be tucked up in the garage until the next adventure.
Each had a story to tell and all owners appreciated the first Spring rally and the chance to give their much-loved vehicles a dust off and a good run in the country on an overcast but otherwise fine day.
From the gleaming classic Excalibar, two-door, Phaeton, one of 91 built in 1985 to the 1967 Fiat 500 Bambina and a 1971 Ford Cortina 440 in original condition, they were all loved and admired.
Trevor Mitchell of Rangiora, who has owned the Excalibar Phaeton for the past four years, said it was great to get it out for a ‘‘bit of a cruise’’. He tries to keep his pride-and-joy as original as possible and gleaming, although it is a ‘‘bitch’’ to clean, particularly the wire-spoked wheels.
Bill Skurr of Oxford, who still uses his Cortina which he bought in 1998 to get out and about, has no such worries. Itis in original condition and well-loved having been imported by McAlpines Rangiora Ltd and sold to Les Jones in 1973.
Then there was the Sovereign 1970 Daimler, which was bought by the late Dr Quinn of Leithfield from new and owned for many years by Amberley stalwart Stan and Gail Palmer. It was bought by Dave and Leah Moore in 2009 as a ‘‘restoration in progress’’. It still has it’s original plates, matching numbers, service history and manuals from day one.
The public’s favourite car was a 1965 GT Cortina owned by Perry Hindmarsh of Hanmer Springs. Perry said the event topped off what was a neat Father’s Day.
‘‘It was a great collection of vehicles and good turn out. And it was great to see the profits going to the local Lions Club,’’ he said. ‘‘Thanks for organising show.’’
The Favourite Bike was a 2014 Boom Mustang, owned by Mr Tim Hurndell of Christchurch while the favourite other was a 2013 ‘‘Anthill Mob’’ Dragster owned by Mr O Minchington of Kaiapoi.
Katrina and Les Platt and their daughter Lisa, organised the event with the support of the Amberley Lions for which it was a fundraiser for Amberley’s youth. Katrina says they were overwhelmed by the support.

Favourite Bike . . . A 2014 Boom Mustang, owned by Mr Tim Hurndell of Christchurch. PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW
Favourite Bike . . . A 2014 Boom Mustang, owned by Mr Tim Hurndell of Christchurch. PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW
Pocket rocket . . . A 1967 Fiat Bambina 500 was much admired. PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW
Pocket rocket . . . A 1967 Fiat Bambina 500 was much admired. PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW
Favourite car . . . People’s Choice, this 1965 GT Cortina, owned by Mr Perry Hindmarsh of Hanmer Springs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Favourite car . . . People’s Choice, this 1965 GT Cortina, owned by Mr Perry Hindmarsh of Hanmer Springs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED