Classic cars drawcard for prostate cancer fundraiser

Rilean Construction directors Gary Dent (left) and Stephen McLean make themselves at home with an...
Rilean Construction directors Gary Dent (left) and Stephen McLean make themselves at home with an Austin Healy in car enthusiast John Taylor's garage.
Auto enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice at the Rilean Car Show next month, when more than 300 rare vehicles will be on display in Queenstown as part of the Queenstown Auto Extravaganza.

The weekend is designed to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, with Rilean Construction sponsoring the outdoor arena public car show on February 28 at the Queenstown Events Centre.

Rilean Construction director Stephen McLean said visitors could expect to see a wide selection of vehicles, including hot rods, vintage cars and modern classics, as well as trade stands and a car sale yard.

"Our team is predominantly male, so I think it's important for us to do our bit to help raise awareness of prostate cancer," Mr McLean said.

"Plus, there are many among us, and our clients, who are car enthusiasts, so we're really excited about the prospect of seeing so many fine cars in the Wakatipu."

Committee member Grant Coburn said the resort had never seen an event like this before and acknowledged the support from Rilean and other sponsors for helping make it happen.

"The car show in particular is a fantastic and rare opportunity for car owners to unveil their pride and joy and share their passion with the public.

"We're going to see some absolute gems come out of garages all over New Zealand."

The vehicle classes and prize categories for the show are: Veteran; vintage; post-vintage (1930-1945); post-war (1946-1960); post-sixty (1961-1975); modern classics (1975-2000); commercial vehicles; customised/hot rods; street cars; motorcycles; people's choice best of show; and concours d'elegance.

The show would also feature the indoor "Vincent Holdings Concours d'elegance" - meaning only the "most beautiful" automobiles had been selected to appear.

Among the vehicles that had already been chosen were a 1912 Fiat Spider, a 1930 V16 Cadillac, a 1932 V12 Packard and a 1969 Ford GT 40.

The prizegiving would be held after the show at the Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party at Coronet Peak.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the show's official website


Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter