Car rebuilt for charity event

Russell Keen, of Mosgiel, will enter the Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise & Car Show for the first time on November 19 with his 1970 Ford Cortina. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE
Russell Keen, of Mosgiel, will enter the Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise and Car Show for the first time on November 19 with his 1970 Ford Cortina. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A Mosgiel man has rebuilt his Cortina in time to raise funds for ‘‘a good cause’’.

Russell Keen, of Mosgiel, bought his 1970 Ford Cortina about 18 months ago.

He finished ‘‘rebuilding’’ the British car last month.

The car has been polished and is ready for the Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise & Car Show on November 19.

The look of the 1600E Cortina, including the wood grain on the dashboard, appealed to Mr Keen.

He had entered the show twice before but it would be the debut appearance of his Cortina.

He entered because more vehicle, attracted more spectators, which generated more donations for the hospice, he said.

‘‘It’s a good cause.’’

Show organiser Ken Schumacher said the eighth annual show would be held at Tahuna Park in ‘‘rain or shine’’.

People could register their street-legal vehicles at the park in Victoria Rd, Tahuna, from 8am.

The show had six competition categories — best American, best Australian, best British, best European, best Japanese and best motorbike, he said.

Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan will be the judge, he said.

Participants could cruise to Mosgiel about 1.30pm.

‘‘We hardly even get up to the speed limit,’’ Mr Schumacher said.

shawn.mcavinue@thestar.co.nz 

 

Taieri Times

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