All-Aussies to rev up funds for kids

23:00, Jan 31 2013
All Aussie Car Day
JUST AUSSIES: Dwayne Burrell with two of the attractions of this weekend’s All Aussie Car Day – his 1972 Falcon coupe and a 2013 Ford Performance Vehicle GT-P on loan from Ford New Zealand.

Manawatu will host an "All Aussie Car Day" this weekend, showing off some of Australasia's best wheels.

Nearly 200 cars will line up on the grass at Manfeild in Feilding tomorrow as part of the Manawatu Ford Club second annual Starship children's hospital fundraising event.

Organiser Dwayne Burrell said any Aussie rivalry would be put aside.

"I'm a Kiwi through and through, always have been, but the event is all about enjoying the Aussie car scene, which is where our Fords and Holdens are built, and to fundraise for a good cause."

Cars from the 1960s to the present day will be on show, including Fords, Holdens, Chryslers, Leylands and Ramblers.

The club has secured some special cars for the afternoon, including a 2013 Ford Performance Vehicle GT-P on loan from Ford New Zealand and Mr Burrell's restored 1972 V8 Ford Falcon Coupe.


Mr Burrell, a Ford-lover, said the must-see on the day would be the destruction of a Holden Commodore.

"It's just what was donated to us. Next year we'll do a Ford just to keep the Holden supporters happy."

Metal recyclers have gifted the club the old Holden to be revved to death as part of the fundraiser. Showgoers will have the chance to wager on how long the engine, drained of oil and denied cooling, will last.

The Feilding Fire Brigade would then cut the roof off as a demonstration of its "jaws of life" equipment, Mr Burrell said.

The event runs from midday to 4pm and entry is a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to Starship in Auckland.

Manawatu Standard