Bill’s trusty Ford a show drawcard

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Back in the day .. A 1914 Ford Model T with its owner, Bill Woodhouse, of Rangiora, in the Rangiora RSA car park during the RSA's Vintage Car and Tractor Rally on Saturday. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By SHELLEY TOPP

A gleaming 1914 Ford Model T was one of the star attractions at the Rangiora RSA’s Vintage Car and Tractor Rally.

The annual car-show fundraiser was held last Saturday, beginning in the Rangiora RSA car park, then moving to the Loburn Reserve.

At the end of the show, the cars were taken on a tour through the Charles Upham Retirement Village during the return trip to Rangiora, to the enjoyment of residents.

The Model T is owned by Bill Woodhouse, of Rangiora, who bought the restored vintage beauty 12 months ago.

During last year’s lockdown, he built a miniature version for his six-year-old grandson, Braxton. Bill also owns a 1929 Ford Model A.

A 1937 Lanz Bulldog tractor, owned by Phil Kerr, of West Melton, also attracted a lot of attention.

Tractor talk … A 1938 Lanz Bulldog tractor drew admirers. Pictured are its owner, Phil Kerr, of West Melton, second from left, and friends, Cody Winter, from Rangiora, left, Cody’s father, Kieran Winter, from Rangiora, rear, and Mike Ross from Ashburton. Photo: Shelley Topp

Car show organiser Ros Steans said 67 cars and 14 vintage tractors took part. Entries were slightly down on last year, which she thought might be because of the long Waitangi Day weekend.

The Rangiora Pottery Group also took part, providing the catering at the reserve as a fundraiser. Members also had some of their pottery work on sale.

The group’s tutor, Michael Michaels, gave pottery-making demonstrations during the day.