Hot rods heed US holiday

PRIDE AND JOY: Dave and Chris Rutherford with their 1938 Ford Deluxe.
PRIDE AND JOY: Dave and Chris Rutherford with their 1938 Ford Deluxe.

In honour of America's Independence Day holiday on July 4, Nelson City Rod and Custom Club staged a celebration cruise from the Suburban Club to Riwaka.

Committee member Ian Jones said the club's hot rods were American cars, and the United States holiday could be relevant to the automobile industry in general as cars were an American invention.

His own 1932 Roadster took him three years to rebuild, while other cars could take up to five to finish depending on the "dedication, money and time" of their owners.

FIRED UP: Barry, left, and Ryan Hefford with their 1938 Ford Deluxe at the American Independence Day Cruise at the Nelson Suburban Club car park.
FIRED UP: Barry, left, and Ryan Hefford with their 1938 Ford Deluxe at the American Independence Day Cruise at the Nelson Suburban Club car park.

Jones said 61 vehicles joined in the cruise, which looped around Rocks Rd, up Waimea Rd, and along the Coastal Highway to end with prizes and refreshments at the Riwaka Hotel. The hotel had sponsored some food vouchers, while the club gave away automobile parts.

Jones said the cruise raised $623 through entry fees, and this sum would be donated to child cancer charity Canteen. He was pleased that the funds would stay in the Nelson region.

"These are young kids with cancer and basically, we feel that they're the future of the country and they need support."

He said the highlight of the cruise was yesterday's fine weather.

The Nelson Mail