Reliable 'graces' on show, fluffy dice and all

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 21/04/2014
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WHEELING BACK THE PAST: Classic cars leave The Square after a show and shine at the Central Region Zephyr Zodiac Owners' Club North Island Convention in Palmerston North.

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It was a taste of times gone by at a classic car show in Manawatu over the weekend.

There were fluffy dice, pom poms, sheepskin car seats and venetian blinds across the back windows of a collection of cars in Palmerston North.

About 130 owners of Ford Zephyr, Zodiac and Consul motor vehicles descended on the city for the Central Region Zephyr Zodiac Owners' Club North Island convention.

Their number plates proudly boasted names like "MYZEFA", "61ZODY", "OLTIMR", and "ZFRCON".

The four-day event included a public show and shine in The Square on Saturday, a ride around the wider region yesterday, including a trip to the Te Apiti Wind Farm, and rock'n'roll dances, dinners, rallies and games. Event co-ordinator Jane Mooney said the passion for classic cars brought people together.

The Consuls, Zephyrs and Zodiacs came onto the road in the early 1950s and were made through to the early 1970s.

They are also known as the family of the three "graces", with a reputation for reliability and dependability.

The 65 cars on show over the weekend had been lovingly restored, with members from throughout the country calling in on Palmerston North for the convention, including a few from as far north as Kaitaia, Mooney said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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