By SHELLEY TOPP
The upcoming USA Day car show, staged by the American Classic Car Club Canterbury, promises to be a “boomer”.
“That is because there have been so many car show cancellations since the lockdown and nobody has had the freedom to show their pride and joy,” club captain Ray Bewley says.
The annual car show extravaganza at Woodend’s Gladstone Park always attracts large crowds, who enjoy the 500 to 600 vehicles drawn to the event.
This year, a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, which was inspired by the jet era, is expected to be a star attraction among the many desirable, classic vehicles at the show on Sunday, November 1.
The six-metre-long, pearl white American-made beauty, with a hidden fuel cap and V8 engine, is owned by American Classic Car Club Canterbury member and Rangiora businessman Colin Gibson.
When he bought the coupe from its California owner 10 years ago, it arrived in New Zealand with a “beautiful custom-made car cover”.
The model had been on Colin’s radar from an early age.
“I saw pictures of it as a boy. I thought day.”
The flamboyance and beauty of the exaggerated tail fins, the bullet rear lights, excessive chrome, stylish upholstery and huge horsepower different to the “functional, boring” vehicles on New Zealand roads appealed to him.
“It wasn’t built for function; it was built for beauty,” he says.
USA Day is a celebration of Americana with a mix of modern and classic all-American-origin vehicles.
“Last year we attracted a Tesla and two Knight Rider cars,” Ray says.
“They were a great attraction for the day.”
There will also be live music from Sign of the Firebird, spot prizes, raffles, trade and novelty stalls, food and drink caravans, and coffee carts. Best-in-show prizes will be on offer.
Last year, the club raised $5000 from the event for its chosen charity, Ronald McDonald House.