Shannon car show this Sunday
Levin's Peter Apperley reckons the Chevrolet El Camino is one of the best utes ever made.
So, he bought one. That was seven years ago and he still enjoys driving it - and looking after it - as much as ever.
This Sunday Mr Apperley's 1970 5.7-litre model will be one of the cars on display at the Super Cheap Auto Spectacular Car Show in Shannon.
The February 10 show is the Shannon Progressive Association's annual fundraiser this year.
Association secretary Janette Campbell said they decided to host another car show following the success of last year's, with more than 200 cars on display and attracting around 2000 visitors.
Mrs Campbell said they have done away with the $2 admission fee and money will be raised through competitions and donations at the gate.
''It's a community fundraiser but it's also a social event for the town,'' she said.
''We encourage people to bring along their own cars to display and they can just turn up on the day, otherwise just come along to look.''
Mr Apperley said the variety of vehicles at the show make it a drawcard.
This will be the second year Mr Apperley displays his Chevrolet ute, which he bought from the United States at the end of 2005.
''It's one of the vehicles I always liked when I was younger. I could never afford to buy one until I was a bit older and had a few extra dollars to fulfil the dream,'' he said.
Mr Apperley, who works as a quality controller, owns another blue ute - an ''old Ford Courier workhorse'' - as well as two silver Holden Commodores.
''But I generally think modern cars are soul-less and boring to be honest. Old cars may not be as economic or as fast, but you don't have to go fast. You don't want to go fast,'' he said.
''You hop in them and get this wonderful feeling and that's even before you get cruising.''
- The Spectacular Car Show will be at the Shannon Domain from 10am on Sunday, February 10.
- Horowhenua Mail