Car Show popular Independence attraction

By Ivamere Nataro ,

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Tuanaimato was a buzz of activities yesterday. 

With the hosting of the V8 car show after a lapse of about five years, many people turned up in numbers to experience the one-day event. 

According to one of the organisers and member of V8 Club, Anton Cobcroft, there were about 80-100 cars being showed off during the event with 10 motorbikes. 

“Today’s (yesterday) car show is an event for the people considering today (yesterday) is Independence Day; we wanted to hold it on the same day so that it can be for the people,” Mr. Cobcroft said. 

“We think it’s a good way to commemorate Independence Day because it’s our hobby and also vehicles are important. Without transport, how will our economy roll and how will people travel. This is really important to us, to the V8 club so we thought we should do a V8 show. 

“It’s growing. A lot of people who have cars want to participate in these kinds of event. Every year, there are more and more cars participating.” 

Mr. Cobcroft mentioned the V8 club wanted to host the event at a time where people can come together and celebrate. 

Car Show: Anton Cobcroft at the V8 car show at Tuanaimato. Photo/Ivamere Nataro
Car Show: Anton Cobcroft at the V8 car show at Tuanaimato. Photo/Ivamere Nataro

“It is a competition. For cars that have a number on it then they are registered, for cars that don’t they are not part of the competition but they are just there for show. 

“Prizes range from monetary awards to servicing your cars, including car parts pitched in by car parts sellers who have helped us with this event.”

According to Mr. Cobcroft, the planning took three months. 

“But I reckon we need a lot of time to plan such an event. 

“There are plans to have it next year and by the looks of the number of people present here now, which is the most since we started our car show, we will have a meeting and finalise whether we will have this show next year. 

“We had some money in our savings account from our last car show, so we used that, but a bulk of the donations came from the businesses.  Mr. Cobcroft said a lot of our members are business people so they had donated.  “Vailima is one of our biggest sponsors.” 

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