South Canterbury car enthusiasts getting ready to cruise

Phil Rooke and Mary-Jean Wood with their cars, a 58 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 79 VW Combi, ahead of the first cruise of ...
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Phil Rooke and Mary-Jean Wood with their cars, a 58 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 79 VW Combi, ahead of the first cruise of the season.

A social event for South Canterbury car enthusiasts will raise money for a worthy local cause. 

The South Canterbury Classic Car Cruiz will be running each month throughout the summer, starting on Friday. 

Mary-Jean Wood and her partner, Phil Rooke, run the South Canterbury Classic Car Cruizing Club, which they started in 2013. 

"It's for people who have a classic car - any sort of classic car - that want to just go on a car run, and maybe there's not a club for their sort of car," Wood said.  

Rooke said the cruise had seen all sorts, "from an Escort to a Ferrari". 

Attendees would meet on the second Friday night of each month and go for a drive to a spot that served both food and refreshments, Wood said. 

"Just to get people out and about with their cars really," she said.  

"We just want anybody and everybody to come.

"We'd like some young ones to come along ... It would be good to have more families come along." 

There weren't any restrictions on the type of car that could take part, she said. 

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"It could be 1930, it could be 2015." 

Classic meant something that was "different to the norm", she said.

In previous years the cruises has gone as far as Ashburton, as well as to the Jolly Potter in Temuka, Studholme, and Geraldine. 

"We try and go all around South Canterbury really." 

The number of people who took part in the monthly adventure had grown each year, and each month there were now between 20 and 25 cars involved. 

"There's more people coming all the time now." 

Anyone who wants to take part in the cruise can meet at the Ara Institute of Canterbury carpark on Arthur St at 6.30pm, on the second Friday of each month. The cruise will leave at 6.45pm. 

To take part requires a gold coin donation, and all funds raised will be donated to the South Canterbury Women's Refuge. 

The final cruise for the season will take place on March 9, 2018.

 

 - Stuff

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