'Breaker One' in town for USA Day

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.
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 purchase.

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 said.

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 Friday night.

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.

 

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