Annual Twin Rivers Car Parade

16 June, 2014


Last month the Twin Rivers Car Parade and display was held at the Canterbury A&P Showgrounds.

Even though the weather was very overcast and less than ideal, the crowds weren’t deterred with huge amounts of people turning up and a great array of vehicles were on display.

British, American, European, and Japanese vehicles were all represented, with some really beautiful cars showing up.

The display was set for a 10.30am start with vehicles leaving to take part in the parade at around 1.30pm and returning an hour later. Prize giving took place at 3pm.

The Twin Rivers Car Parade has been running for the past 10 years by the Rotary Club of Avonhead. Entry only cost $15, and spectators only $10, so it’s always great value for money for a very relaxing day out. Proceeds this year went to The Child Cancer Foundation.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.