The Shannon Progressive Association spent many a month behind the scenes making sure that this year’s Supercheap Auto Spectacular Car Show was the roaring success it turned out to be. Last year the annual community fundraiser had 400 vehicles on display, with even more on show this year. The Domain was jam-packed with vintage cars, their proud owners and supporters, and swarming with Joe Public and his missus, kids and dogs in tow, ready for a good day out. And at only $2 entry, it was exceptional value for petrol heads like Robin. We climbed up into the grand-stand to get an overview of the cars on display.
So what was there to see? All kinds of cars from big, American beauties with their long low lines, and fancy fins, English Zephyr and Vauxhalls, minis, American trucks, hearses as well as vehicles we grew up with such as the Aussie muscle cars from Holden and Ford that were raced around such places as Mt Panorama.
A very nice looking Chevy
A row of MkII and MkIII Ford Zephyrs
The Dragsters doing rev ups created a lot of interest. The noise those engines made as the revs were cranked up had most people standing around looking at the car with fingers in their ears!
One of the Dragster Cars which did a very loud Rev Up
There was also a representation of replica cars such as the icon AC Cobra the bodies of which were made in our old home town of Upper Hutt.
As a community fundraiser, the Progressive Assoc provided free stalls for local Shannon community groups to fund raise. The Shannon School, Shannon Play Centre and the Volunteer Fire Brigade all had stalls selling food. We joined the queue at the Fire Brigade’s stall and enjoyed a large “Firemans” sandwich for lunch, cooked for us by those dedicated volunteer firemen.
We listened as the raffles were drawn, with all prized donated by the main sponsor, Suercheap Auto. And no, we didn’t win one. Then awards were presented for some of those great looking cars. We were footsore and hot and sticky by this stage, so it was time to call t a day and head off home. And just outside the Domain we saw the owner climbing into this beauty, with the same idea as us, go home and put our feet up.
A rather classy looking motor.