Once again, the Canterbury A&P Showgrounds played host to the annual Paul Kelly Twin Rivers Motoring Extravaganza on March 20. Open to anything automotive — from classic and vintage, to hot rods and muscle cars — the grounds were full, while the beautiful, hot, sunny day brought out a huge crowd. 

The event brings out such a variety of vehicles; it’s great to see the passion that people have for their cars. There were Mazdas parked next to Studebakers, ’55 Chevs next to Toranas, and even a Camaro parked beside a McLaren. 
Run by the Rotary Club of Avonhead, the 2016 event saw the introduction of some big rigs lined up for the crowd to view. A number of local companies had their amazing rigs set up so that people could get a close-up look at these machines. 

As well as the massive display of cars on show, there was a live band, engine-building contests, electric cars to test drive, and the usual food and drink stalls. 

The large number of vehicles on show certainly surpassed other years, maybe due to the great weather, or maybe it was the fact that the cruise had been reintroduced, having been stopped some years earlier due to the state of Christchurch’s roads.

In fact, the event was so popular that additional parking had to be opened up to take the overflow of cars. 

All proceeds from the 2016 event went to the Child Cancer Foundation.

Rod Dunn

Born and bred in Central Otago, I moved to Christchurch in 1995. I’ve had several different jobs over the years, from being a kiln operator, to running my own handyman business, and currently I'm the Maintenance Manager at the Wigram Airforce Museum. I'm happily married to my wife Anne-Marie, and between us we have six children — all living away from home now. Photography has been a consistent interest throughout my life, and I've always had a passion for cars, so it was just natural that I would end up photographing them. I also love to do landscape photography whenever I get the chance. I began contributing to NZV8 magazine in 2012 and have gone on to become NZV8's South Island correspondent, photographing and writing both feature car and event articles. I love meeting people and shooting their cars, as well as covering shows for the mag. Long may it continue.