Stars of the car world

JAMES IRELAND
Last updated 08:26 21/02/2013
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JAMES IRELAND

MILITARY COLOURS: Noel Mountjoy’s 1944 Willys Jeep is ready for the Galaxy of Cars show.

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Car enthusiasts will be grinning from ear to ear this Sunday as they cast their eyes back through automotive history at Western Springs Speedway.

Whether you prefer the glamour of a Chevy Bel Air, or the coolness of a Pontiac GTO, there will be something there to salivate over.

The New Lynn Lions Club's Galaxy of Cars classic car show and automotive swap meet is raising money to assist children with arthritis.

Kids with Arthritis supports 142 children who have Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) which can cause pain, swelling, stiffness of the joints as well as non-joint symptoms like fatigue and eye, heart and liver inflammation.

Its cause is unknown and up to 70 per cent of children who have symptoms will carry those into adulthood.

Club member and event organiser Noel Mountjoy says the show has been running for 15 years, and each year they choose a different children's charity to donate the proceeds to.

"This year we expect to get about 800 cars and about 10,000 visitors. Over the past few years we have raised between $15,000 and $25,000," he says.

The charity's president Adrienne Crowe says they are grateful for the support.

"We saw it as a fantastic opportunity, because like all organisations of this nature we have difficulty attracting funds to do what we see as really important work. My 21-year-old daughter suffers from arthritis and over the last 18 months she has had to have both hips replaced," she says."

More than 60 car clubs from around the country will be there and most are bringing vintage and classic cars.

Mr Mountjoy says the event is very important for the clubs because it is not as much about hot rods as a lot of other car shows are.

"There's usually a Stanley Steamer there, which is a steam-powered car built around the time of World War I."

Mr Mountjoy will also bring his car along, a 1944 Willys Jeep that was used by the Australian Army during World War II.

"I did a complete restoration that took nine years.

"I really like the simplicity of it."

The show starts at 10am, adults are $12 and children aged 5 to 15 are $5.

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