New Zealands best classic, vintage & collectable car show

Every year, without fail spectators are given the chance to get up close and personal with 100's of special classic and vintage vehicles, as they are shown off in all their waxed and buffed glory. Key to the event is the proximity families and individual spectators can get to some of the most unique vehicles in New Zealand, and the fact that the cars’ owners are on hand to answer questions about the pedigree, history and specification of their vehicles. As well as individual exhibitors, the Classic Car Show also attracts car clubs from around the South Island as a mainstay of the vintage vehicle calendar.

The event is essentially a “one-make” or “one-marque” competition, so entry is limited only to accepted clubs rather than individuals. All known Canterbury-based one-make car clubs are invited to take part in the event. Where the club only has one national or one South-Island base but has active Canterbury-based members, they will generally be accepted for entry to the event.

See the very best classic cars in all their glory

The judges themselves are made up of a mixture of club personnel and members of the public, with the winning club receiving a large trophy and other prizes for their showmanship and attention to detail. Many cars will showcase their special pedigree while others grab attention simply for their uniqueness and rarity, but each and every one of them will be a testament to the dedication and sheer passion of their owners who will have made every effort to display them in pristine condition. The Classic Car Show organising committee agree that each year the show keeps getting better as New Zealand’s premier event of this type. It provides people with the chance to see the very best of the South Island’s classic cars in all their glory. As usual the show will feature a great variety of classic cars from across the world, with American, European, British vehicles rubbing shoulders. There will also be an area where members of the public can display classic cars for sale for the nominal fee of $10.00, you can just come along and pay on the day (Classic cars are deemed to be any vehicle that holds special interest to an owner).

Canterbury inter-marque Concours d’Elegance

While seeing an Aladdin’s Cave of classic cars all on display side-by-side is considered a sight to remember by all car enthusiasts, the Canterbury inter-marque Concours d’Elegance which takes place at every Classic Car Show is always a particular highlight. Cars of all years and makes are eligible to participate in the competition which was first organised by the MG Car Club 26 years ago. The event rewards enthusiasts who follow a very strict criteria of detailing, cleanliness, condition and originality, with different awards up for grabs in a diverse range of categories. Of the vehicles which attend the show every year almost half enter the intense competition to be judged according to their year of manufacture, originality and condition. Prizes will be awarded at 4pm on the afternoon of the show, and the public is invited to remain for the presentations. As usual, none of this would be possible without the support of sponsors.

.....View Photo's from previous Car Shows


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.....View the Results from the 2010 Car Show


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.....History of the Car Show

.....The Classic Car Show has been going for 30 years!.

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