Oamaru couple Barry and Jane Sinclair, with pet Maltese
Meg, display their '72 Dodge at the Great USA Day at Tahuna
Park in Dunedin. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Children and adults alike are drawn to Barry and Jane
Sinclair's '72 Dodge Coronet whenever they roll it out.
''Oh, we've had a lot of fun in that old car,'' the
64-year-old Oamaru contractor said of the couple's 2012
And it is easy to see why. The classic American car is like
something out of The Dukes of Hazzard.
While it is not the same model of car used in the TV show, it
is a ''genuine clone'' of a US police car of that era, with a
replica of the Rocky Meadows sheriff's badge painted on the
side and a flashing red light on top.
The Sinclairs, who were in Dunedin at the weekend for the
Stateside Streeters' annual Great USA Day at Tahuna Park,
said they were classic US car enthusiasts from way back.
They had three other American classics in their garage and
Mrs Sinclair had organised several classic car shows.
Now 58, she bought her first classic car, a '57 Ford, when
she was 15. Life intervened, but the couple had been getting
back into collecting seriously for the past five years, she
Mr Sinclair (63) has always liked classic cars, but had been
more interested in motor-racing until he met his wife. They
had decided to roll out the police car for the Great USA Day
because the Dodge was ''the cleanest''.
Hundreds of classic American car owners turned out for the
display day on Saturday, which followed a ''cruise'' on
Organisers of the Dunedin event said it had been a success,
although the weather kept numbers for the display day on
Saturday slightly below last year's 198 vehicle tally.