Car show and run heralds family fun

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The Kaitangata Car Show and Run 2018 will be a day of entertainment for the whole family at the Kaitangata Rugby Grounds on Saturday, November 3.

Kaitangata Car Show committee secretary Louise McLaren said there would be “a whole lot of cool classic cars” for people to come and have a look at.

And it would not only be classic cars either.

“We have everything. We have rust buckets, new cars, model Ts. Every walk of car life. We even have a whole section of bikes.”

There would be a competition this year for the top three bikes – “the ones that really stand out”.

Stalls will be selling art and preserves, jewellery, clothing, car memorabilia and everything in between.

All the funds raised will go to the Toko Early Learning Centre in Milton and the Crescent Rugby Football Club in Kaitangata.

Mrs McLaren said there would also be music and entertainment adding to the atmosphere.

“We have Bryan Griffiths and he’ll MC and play music for the day . it’s a really relaxed family day that caters for everyone.”

For those who get hungry during their visit, hot meat, chips, a fundraising barbecue and even fudge will be available to keep them sated.

In the afternoon there will be a mystery run, where the cars will go on an optional cruise on a yet-to-be-revealed course.

This is the seventh year the show and run has been held, and it has grown massively in that time. Beginning with about 100 cars, word spread and the event grew to more than five times that at last year’s event.

“We had 500 last year and we’ve secured new ground for this year,” Mrs McLaren said.

Without the generous support of their sponsors, there would be no car show, she said.

“We have no other financial backing so if we didn’t have them we couldn’t do it. They all give as much as they can and it is greatly appreciated. All the proceeds go back to the community as well.”

To register for the event car and bike owners can show up on the day and register, or they can pre-register if they are coming from further afield.

“People come from all over to take part .. we have some coming from the North Island this year.”

And anybody was welcome to register, she said.

“It doesn’t just have to be an immaculate classic car, though we do love those, but if your pride and joy is part finished, just started, not seen as your norm ‘show car’, but something that you’re passionate about and you’re sinking a good part of your soul into, we want to see it.”