Love at first drive
A classic case of boy meets ... carBRITTANY PICKETT
Invercargill man Mark Grant has always loved classic cars.
He first became interested in them in his late teens, 35 years ago, and his interest has only grown since then.
Classic cars were "a bit different and have a bit of style", he said.
His family also shared his love for classic cars, he said.
As an auto electrician he had worked on more than 100 classic cars, and had owned six.
But his firm favourite was the Chevrolet - a love displayed in his present classic, a 1952 model.
His dream car would be a 1932 Ford, with a Chevrolet engine.
Restoring cars was an expensive exercise, with people spending thousands doing up their vehicles, he said.
He estimated the restoration cost at between $20,000 and $100,000, but people "up north" were spending more than that.
He declined to say how much he had spent on his cars, but he was "notoriously tight".
His Chevrolet will be one of more than 40 cars on display tomorrow in a Show & Shine street cruise.
Street Machines president Chris Burke said the event was an opportunity for the club to celebrate 30 years. While plenty of classic American cars would be on show, there would also be a selection of classic Australian muscle cars.
He did not want to say which of the displayed vehicles would be his favourite.
"They'll all be fantastic."
Spey St would be closed between Deveron and Doon Sts between 9.30am and 1pm for the show.
Brittany Pickett is a journalism student at Aoraki Polytechnic.
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