Ride in a Lamborghini prize at show

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American muscle . . . Conrodders Rod and Custom Car Club committee member Reuben Kinghorn shows his 1994 Pontiac Trans Am and secretary Liz Carmichael her 1964 Oldsmobile Starfire at the car park near Dunedin Ice Stadium in St Kilda, where the club is set to host an event on February 17. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Get set to show your “beast” and share your passion at a car show in Dunedin next month.

Conrodders Rod and Custom Car Club secretary Liz Carmichael said everyone was invited to show “anything they’re proud of” at the inaugural event in the car park near the Dunedin Ice Stadium, St Kilda, on February 17.

“If you’re proud of it, and you think the public would be interested, bring it along.”

Five trophies would be awarded on the day.

The show would be on “rail, hail or shine”.

Vehicles could be entered between 8.30am and 10am and the show would be open to the public between 10am and 3pm.

Entry was $5 per person and some of the proceeds would be given to St John.

A St John ambulance would be on display at the show.

A prize in a raffle at the event would be a ride in a Lamborghini.

The club was established in 1973 and had 75 members – “a good mix of boys and girls”.

The requirement to be a member was to own an American-made vehicle or a modified vehicle “deemed acceptable” by the committee.

“You could have a Ford Mark 3 Zephyr with a big-block engine – we are a custom car club so you’ve got to customise your beast.”

The cars Mrs Carmichael owned included a “highly modified” 1958 Chevrolet Impala sports coupe, painted “candy apple red” with a big block engine,

Other cars she owned included a 1962 Cadillac convertible and a 1964 Oldsmobile Starfire.

“Left-hand drive American cars are a passion – I’ve been driving them for 30 years. If you haven’t driven one, find one and go for it,” she said.

Club committee member Reuben Kinghorn bought a 1994 Trans Am because it was “a bit different” to other cars in New Zealand.

“It’s not a belly button – everyone doesn’t have one,” Mr Kinghorn said.