Big American cars on show

Last updated 11:02 21/11/2012
Family affair: Rob Ferns with his daughters Aleisha, left, and Shania, and three of their Chevs. The turquoise convertible on the right will be on show at the Pinehaven event.

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A turquoise 1957 Chev Bel Air convertible belonging to the family of a Pinehaven School pupil will be on show this Saturday as part of the new Pinehaven Precious Metal Car show.

It will be in conjunction with the Pinehaven School gala. Both events will raise funds for the senior school camp next year.

The family of Aleisha Ferns owns six classic cars. They have five Chevs and one Cadillac, most imported from the United States by dad Rob Ferns. The convertible came from North Carolina.

Mr Ferns joined the Wellington Chevrolet Club at a young age and has been a member for 36 years.

The Chevs were everyday cars in their younger years but built to last, not thrown away like today's cars will be, he says.

The family home has undercover parking for all six cars.

Mr Ferns works in sales but has enough mechanical knowledge to maintain them.

The cars are taken to club runs and car shows.


Fundraising for the 2013 seniors camp at El Rancho will be the focus of the Pinehaven School gala on Saturday, November 24.

There will be live music by Baz Thompson in the food court and competitions will include a gumboot throw and fear factor challenge.

The venue is the school, from 10.30am till 2.30pm. Principal Kaylene Macnee has agreed to be the target for the wet sponge throw. Police car rides, cow plop bingo, fire engine, haircuts, alpaca colouring competition, crafts, ferris wheel, quad bikes, lollipop train and pony rides will provide a fun day out for families.

Entry to the gala is free but entry to the adjacent car show will be $2 per person for $5 for a family ticket (three people).

Visitors will be asked to vote on a people's choice award for their favourite vehicle from the likely display of classic cars (public are invited to bring theirs along too), pedal cars, Vespa scooters, motorbikes and racing quad bikes.

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