Aussie cars centre-stage

Last updated 10:00 11/01/2014

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Australian horsepower is making its way to Manfeild for what event organisers say will be a celebration of one of the country's dying industries.

Up to 250 Australian-made vehicles will be making their way to the Feilding racetrack as part of the All Aussie Car Day on February 1.

The meeting is likely to be bittersweet, as major manufacturers Holden and Ford both announced this year they would be ceasing car-building in Australia by 2017.

Organiser Dwyane Burrell said he was trying to put a positive spin on the announcements.

"We feel that part of the attraction now is knowing that you're not only going to see some classics from the past, but also some classics in the making - cars that people will not be available to buy new in a couple of years.

"The Australian automotive industry has a significant heritage that is truly worthy of special celebration."

About 200 cars turned up last year and Mr Burrell said he thought this year's event - the third - would be even bigger.

"The day is a great opportunity for people to enjoy these cars and for us to socialise and talk about machines that are special for us."

All profits from the event would be donated to Starship Hospital, a charity Mr Burrell said did a lot of good work for families in Manawatu.

Children would be able to experience a different kind of horsepower with pony rides, while a V8 racecar simulator would be available to test their driving skills.

There would also be a colouring-in competition, with a $1300 petrol-powered kart the top prize, and other entertainment.

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- Manawatu Standard

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