Classics in show off at fundraiser

18:55, May 25 2014
wayne johnson
CAR LOVERS UNITE: Wayne Johnson, of Waimate, puts his 1967 Chevrolet Bel Air on display at the South Canterbury Allcomers Car Show.

Vintage, classic and flamboyant; and those were just the cars.

Phar Lap Raceway played host to 200 vehicles for the South Canterbury Allcomers Car Show yesterday.

The show was a fundraiser for Batten's disease research and organised by Mark and Ra Timms.

"It was almost double the figures we had last year. The 200 vehicles included quite a few motorbikes and half a dozen vintage caravans, two different army vehicles and one or two vintage cars," Ra Timms said.

There were about 70 newcomers to the show and the vehicles were judged in different categories.

"We had two categories - viewers' choice where the public got to vote, and an overall category where we had judges casting their votes," she said.


The viewers' choice was won by a 1934 Ford Coupe supercharged with a Chevy engine and the overall first place award went to a 1962 Corvette, and a Harley Davidson Chopper in the bike category.

The weather played ball for the event and the Timms were grateful for the support and donations, especially from Temuka Rotary and the Lions food caravan.

They hoped to have raised more than $4000.

"We hope to make it an annual event to fundraise for Batten's disease research," Ra Timms said.

Batten disease is a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood. Early symptoms usually appear between the ages of 5 and 10 when a previously normal child has begun to develop vision problems or seizures.

Eventually, children with Batten disease become blind, bedridden, and demented. The disease is often fatal by the late teens or 20s.

The Timaru Herald