Bay of Plenty British Cars Club
5 January 2015
Tauranga’s British Car Clubs are planning a celebration on January 18th this year to mark 21 years since the first Club started in the city and thanks to a grant from Legacy Trust, the seed money is helping to support the event.
Avid car enthusiast Paul O’Brien claims that the celebration, which will be held at The Elms historic mission house, will be a special occasion with the exhibition of classic and vintage cars as well as some current models.
“The Elms is a hidden gem in our city and we’re using the location as the perfect backdrop for the classic vehicles we’ll have on display,” said Paul. “We’re very grateful to Legacy Trust for the $1500 they’ve given us to implement the planning.”
The quality demonstrated in the manufacture of many British cars is extraordinary too said Paul. “Skilled cabinet makers were used for models like the Alvis and Morgan and the styling is exemplary so we’re hoping that the public will enjoy the displays we have planned,” he said.
Bay of Plenty British Cars Club president and Chairman of the Friends of the Elms, Ron Harvey, is working with Paul and his organising committee to ensure that the event is memorable for the public and exhibitors.
“We’re a charity organisation and use displays and outings to help raise funds for the Tauranga community,” said Ron. “We have models from Austins to Zephyrs so there’s something for everyone. Our members reside all over the Bay of Plenty too and they’re looking forward to displaying their cars,” he said.
The focus on the community was especially appealing to the Legacy Trust when making a grant to Ron and his team. “We believe in giving back to the community in which we live in and this event provides a positive contribution to many other charities in our city,” said Don Hoult from Legacy Trust.
Photo: Paul O’Brien (left) receives his Legacy Trust grant from Don Hoult.