Ninth Nelson Car Show biggest yet
The ninth annual Nelson Car Show is moving to a new venue next month and it looks like being the biggest show ever.
This year the show runs from February 15 to 17 and is being held at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park. There is also a burn-out competition and car boot market which will be held separately on February 9.
Steve Steele, who is one of an eight-person committee organising the show, said it was the ninth year it had been held and it had got bigger every year.
"Last year we had between 300 and 400 cars at the show and about 5500 people attended."
Activities for the main show start with a mystery car run leaving the Speights Ale House at 10.30am on Friday, February 15.
Also on February 15 there will be a "super cruz" which anyone with a show car is invited to join. Motorists will leave the Speights Ale House at 6.30pm and head to Stoke, Richmond and back through Nelson to Atawhai Drive before returning to the Speights Ale House, largely on back roads. A drive-in movie will follow.
The car show proper runs from 10am till 4pm on Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, at the Parkers Rd end of Tahuna Beach Holiday Park.
Trophies will be awarded on Sunday afternoon for the people's choice car of the show as well as for the best car in various categories such as best American, best British and European, top Aussie and top painted panel.
There are also prizes on offer which will be drawn from people's programme numbers around Sunday lunchtime. Prizes include a car, a 51-inch Samsung television and a mountainbike.
There will be a large marquee on site this year.
Rockabilly band Krazy Katz will be performing on both days.
There will be plenty of children's entertainment with everything from a kids' bike and scooter decoration competition to Titanic slides and merry-go-rounds.
Steve said the organising committee was not affiliated to any particular club and they were certainly not putting on the show to make money for themselves.
"Nelson has the highest percentage of classic cars - which is cars that are at least 40 years old - per head of population in the country.
"But there is not a lot for motorsport or car enthusiasts in Nelson and there's no race track here so we are trying to do what we can by putting something back into Nelson."
Steve said buying a car was one of the most important things people do in their lifetime so it was not surprising many people were passionate about them.
Fellow committee member Rik Thomas agreed.
"They are not just cars, they are part of the family," he said.
Steve said any profit they make from the show goes back into the community.
Last year they were able to make donations to the Nelson Ark, a Nelson schools motocross event, the Motueka Regional Ambulance and Kartsport.
He said the committee put hundreds of hours of work into organising the show each year but it was something they were passionate about.
However, the support for the show they had received from Nelson businesses had been "quite outstanding", he said.
It will be a busy time for the committee members as they will stay on site for the 72 hours of the show to act as additional security.
Entry is still $5 and free for those 12 years and under, which is the same price it was when it started.
"It's important to us that it remains affordable for families," Steve said.