Big display of American vehicles and all that jazz

Stylish motoring . . . Stateside Streeters member John Lister, of Dunedin, and his 1956 Ford Fairlane at the Great USA Day car show in Tahuna Park. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A Dunedin car show with the biggest display of American cars in the South enjoyed a “fantastic day” with a soundtrack of swinging jazz and the roar of a British tank engine.

Stateside Streeters president Mike Lea said the club’s 30th Great USA Day car show in Tahuna Park last weekend “went brilliantly”.

About 170 cars entered a cruise from the park on Friday night and more than 210 cars entered the show on Saturday.

Tahuna t-bird . . . Stateside Streeters member Jed Adamson, of Dunedin, and his 1963 Ford Thunderbird. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A performance by a Logan Park High School jazz band was “well received” and a V12 Rolls-Royce tank engine was “fired up” to “rev the crowd up”.

A heavy blanket of fog lifted about 11am to reveal blue sky and sunshine.

Feedback on the show had been positive, he said.

Show star . . . Stateside Streeters president Mike Lea, of Dunedin, and his 1965 Ford Galaxy at the car show. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

The money raised for charity Recovery South – a group that organises fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer in Otago and Southland – was still being finalised.

The winner of a road trip to Invercargill in a Ford Mustang was yet to step forward. Every gate entry went into the draw. The winning ticket number is 563.

Fog machines . . . Vehicles on display at the Stateside Streeter’s Great USA Day car show Tahuna Park. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE


Stateside Streeters Inc 30th Great USA Day trophy winners. –

People’s choice

Keiron and Glenys Elliot, 1956 Ford Thunderbird.

Judge’s choice – Top 10 cars

Dean Crocker, 1948 Chevrolet pickup.

Catherine and Wayne Holmes, 1954 Ford Customline.

Warren Cherry, 1972 Dodge Challenger.

Dave Rodgers, 1978 Model A coupe.

Wayne McFarlane, 1968 Camaro RS.

Lyndsay McKenzie, 1948 Plymouth coupe.

Mark Beer, 1956 Oldsmobile.

Paul Sibbe, 1956 Buick convertible.

Mike Dee, 1965 Impala SS.

Bob King, 1970 Boss Mustang.

Longest distance

John Andrew, of Waiheke Island, 1956 Ford Customline.

Best club display

Hurricane Rodders.

Best bike

Phil Leyden