Muscle and sleek lines add oomph to car show

01:06, Feb 10 2014
Max Rutherford, of the Taranaki Historic Speedway Club
RACING BEAUTY: Max Rutherford, of the Taranaki Historic Speedway Club, with the 1954 Sherlock Holmes Ford V8 60 midget.

A wide variety of classic cars, from American muscle to an Italian stallion, were on display in Inglewood yesterday.

The town's Rotary Club held its 19th charity car show at the high school with about 160 vehicles entered, including Mustangs, Jaguars, Corvettes, VWs, army vehicles, Morris Minors and a Ferrari F1 360.

Show secretary Jim Shepherd said the club was thrilled with the turnout.

"Every year there's something new and exciting, some of these cars are the only ones in New Zealand," Mr Shepherd said.

"We are very pleased with the large number of American cars here because it is a good prelude to Americarna."

Each year the club donated the proceeds of the show to a local organisation and this year it was going to the town's volunteer fire brigade.

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Mr Shepherd said he had huge admiration for the firefighters.

"They can get called out any time of the day or night. They are our people and the next callout might be one of us."

Taranaki's Historic Speedway Club showed off midgets and speedway bikes at the show.

Club secretary Max Rutherford said the vehicles were no longer raced but the club put on spirited demonstrations at Stratford Speedway three or four times a year. The next one would be held on March 9.

"We have close to 90 all up, it's a big strong club now," Mr Rutherford said.

He co-owned the 1954 Sherlock Holmes V8 60 midget on display.

"It was a very quick car."

Fire chief Cameron Gillespie said the brigade was grateful for the car show donation.

"It's just absolutely tremendous, it's great support from our community," Mr Gillespie said.

The brigade put on a display at the show demonstrating how they went about cutting a patient free from a wrecked car.

Taranaki Daily News