Ford Galaxie to join charity cruise

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Otago Community Hopice Charity Cruise and Car Show exhibitor and sponsor Mike Lee (left) and his 1964 Ford Galaxie and event organiser Ken Schumacher

Ford Galaxie to join charity cruise Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise and Car Show exhibitor and sponsor Mike Lea talks to Shawn McAvinue about his 1964 Ford Galaxie.

 

Q: How long have you owned it?

Since 1994.

Q: What work have you done to it?

A total rebuild – twice. It was once blue and had a gore-ish red interior and had a big snorkel on its bonnet, but I’ve had it like it is now for nine years.

Q: What were some of the changes?

It’s now a mandarin colour, it has a teardrop scoop on its bonnet, and a grey interior. The dashboard is out of a 1959 Edsel.

Q: Tell me about the engine.

It was a 429 cubic inch out of a 1972 Mercury, which I bought off old-school drag racer Garth Hogan, and it’s had a 460 crank put into it, increasing its cubic capacity out to 460. It goes pretty good.

Q: How thirsty is it?

It costs about $40 an hour to run.

Q: Has it always been right-hand drive?

Yeah, it was Canadian assembled. They made about 14,000 of these four-door hardtops so they’re a bloody rare car.

Q: What’s it like to drive?

It’s awesome – it handles brilliantly.

Q: Are you putting it in the Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise and Car Show in St Kilda on Sunday?

That’s the plan.

The Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise and Car Show is set to celebrate its 10th birthday in St Kilda on Sunday.

Event organiser Ken Schumacher said he expected up to 250 vehicles to be on display at the fundraising event at Hancock Park from 9am.

A range of prizes had been given for the vehicles judged the best in a range of categories.

“People have been super generous.”

The band Loose & Colourful was scheduled to play at the event.

The optional return cruise to the Taieri usually departs before 1.30pm.

Mr Schumacher said he organised the event because he enjoyed helping the community.

“It spins my wheels.”