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Good deeds: Dunedin cruising for charity

16 November, 2016

The terms ‘boy racer’ and ‘Skyline’ seem to be synonymous in the eyes of johnny law and the general public. Wanting to shift such outdated attitudes to prove once and for all that such things are untrue, and also do a good deed for his community, Andrew Webster started the Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise (Dunedin) in 2010.

This year’s Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise event will be held on Sunday, November 20, at Tahuna Park, St Kilda, Dunedin. It kicks off at 10:00am, but organisers have asked if those entering could arrive earlier to set up — gates open at 8:30am. The one-hour long cruise starts at 1:00pm, before returning back to Tahuna Park before 5:00pm.

The Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise welcomes all persuasions of cars, be it Japanese, American, British, Australian, or European; modified, classic, muscle, or exotic — you can even bring along your mildly modified daily-driver too. These guys don’t discriminate and it’s all in the name of charity. Trophies and prize packs are awarded for Judges’ Choice of the aforementioned categories. 

Each driver and passenger(s) is asked to donate $5 or more to Hospice (collected at the event), which grants them entry to the show, a place to display their car, and participation in the cruise later in the day.

The inaugural event back in 2010 raised $2235.50 with an impressive 155 cars in attendance on a wet day. This has been topped year on year, with 2015 the best year yet, raising $5100 and seeing 245 cars and motorbikes on display. To date, the events have raised more than $18,000, which all goes directly to Hospice.

At the very least, the Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise makes for a good excuse to donate a bit of money to a worthy cause and get plenty of enjoyment out of your car — hopefully the weather plays ball!

Head to the Otago Community Hospice Charity Cruise event for further information.

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?