Hot Rods, Muscle and Chrome...Cromwell Classic Car & Hot Rod Show January 21, 2017 (All enquiries for this event: Tena McCarthy Ph 027 2292 843)
Cromwell’s Alpha Street sports fields will rumble again this summer with the noise of over 700 classic cars, hot rods, and motorbikes. Originally started by the Roxburgh Lions and now hosted by the Southland Ford Falcon Club the Cromwell Classic Car & Hot Rod event has morphed from a small, Ford tribal gathering to a ‘there is something for everyone’ Central Otago motorsport event.
According to Greg Millane, President of the Southland Ford Falcon Club, it’s not just the car enthusiasts that enjoy the day. “You don’t need to be a petrol head to appreciate the 1969 Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazard car) or spot the old Vauxhall that your grandparents used to drive,” says Millane.
You also don’t have to be a trained mechanic to sense the amount of time, effort and cold hard cash that people have poured into their pet project. Whether they have toiled over a 1932 Ford Hot Rod that might have driven off the set of ‘American Graffiti’, brought a replica Lamborghini to life or custom built a bright pink trike.
Exhibitors can arrive at 8.30 am on Saturday; pay $20 to register a vehicle (and the people in it) before the general public arrives at 11 am. The prize giving is at 3 pm and there is an award for the top 10 vehicles of any vintage or category, according to the judges, plus one for people’s choice voted by the crowd and an entrant’s choice. There is also an award for the top five motorbikes - there’s no discrimination on this field so vehicles of the both two and three-wheeled variety are also welcome.
The entrance fee for the general public is $2 for each adult and children under 12 are free. A DJ will be playing stadium rock all day and there is a marquee where you can enjoy a brown fizzy or two. There will also be various food stalls and people selling everything from car memorabilia to cosmetics.