Classic car hope for hospice

The Classic Motoring Society of Marlborough is revved up to celebrate the 2020 Marlborough Hospice Vehicle Display.

And while it may not seem so long ago to some, classic Japanese vehicles from three decades ago will make up the main display.

Organiser Pat Pascoe says some of the once popular models are now being forgotten.

“Mitsubishi Sigmas, Mirages, they’re all disappearing now,” he says.

“There’s a lot of stuff that people forget were around.

“Some people are still driving them and don’t realise how old they are.”

The term ‘classic’ is loosely accepted as a car at least 20 to 30 years old.

Nearly 500 vehicles are usually on display at the popular show held annually at Waterlea Racecourse.

Classic boats, heavy vehicles and cars, from vintage to brand new will appear at the display, now in its sixth year.

“It’s a day out – a picnic day – at Waterlea Racecourse under the trees,” Pat says.

He encourages car-fans to bring a picnic lunch and their cameras.

The half-dozen or so organisers have raised more than $30,000 for Marlborough Hospice.

Pat says the show opens to the public, at Waterlea Racecourse, from 11am to 3pm.

“Display people come at 9.30 – although some always come earlier,” he says.

There is no need for registration, just show up on the day.

It costs $5 to display a car and a gold coin donation for spectators at the gate.

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