Multi-horse sleigh

Apart from classic American automobiles, the popular social event at Reads Quay has attracted exotics such as a Merlin aircraft engine, helicopters, Bren gun carriers, rusty Holdens and trucks.

American Car Club treasurer Sarah Olsen says there are many car clubs in Gisborne so the petrol-head breakfast was opened up to other enthusiasts.

“We wanted anyone interested in cars to come. It has taken off in the past couple of years and it has benefited us in that we got some new members.”

Surf City Rod and Custom Car Club member Mr Treloar describes the design of his red-hot hot-rod as Tudor-mode — “which means it has only two doors.”

The bodywork is original, although it houses a 302 Ford V8 engine and comes with auto transmission and four-wheel disc brakes. Mr Treloar has previously driven the car from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

“It gets a lot of attention,” he says.

The petrol-head breakfast is the only one in New Zealand that has a road closure for each event. The American Car Club runs raffles and give donations to local charities.

For the final petrol-head brekkie of the year, guests were asked to bring a wrapped Christmas present. No snow-caked fir tree was available at Reads Quay so the prezzies were set at the foot of Mr Treloar’s hot-rod ready to be handed over to Salvation Army minister David McEwen.

The Salvation Army will distribute the petrol-heads’ prezzies among kiddies who need them most.

The petrolheads drove up to Kaiti Hill for a photo-shoot before motoring out to Ormond for lunch.

Apart from classic American automobiles, the popular social event at Reads Quay has attracted exotics such as a Merlin aircraft engine, helicopters, Bren gun carriers, rusty Holdens and trucks.

American Car Club treasurer Sarah Olsen says there are many car clubs in Gisborne so the petrol-head breakfast was opened up to other enthusiasts.

“We wanted anyone interested in cars to come. It has taken off in the past couple of years and it has benefited us in that we got some new members.”

Surf City Rod and Custom Car Club member Mr Treloar describes the design of his red-hot hot-rod as Tudor-mode — “which means it has only two doors.”

The bodywork is original, although it houses a 302 Ford V8 engine and comes with auto transmission and four-wheel disc brakes. Mr Treloar has previously driven the car from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

“It gets a lot of attention,” he says.

The petrol-head breakfast is the only one in New Zealand that has a road closure for each event. The American Car Club runs raffles and give donations to local charities.

For the final petrol-head brekkie of the year, guests were asked to bring a wrapped Christmas present. No snow-caked fir tree was available at Reads Quay so the prezzies were set at the foot of Mr Treloar’s hot-rod ready to be handed over to Salvation Army minister David McEwen.

The Salvation Army will distribute the petrol-heads’ prezzies among kiddies who need them most.

The petrolheads drove up to Kaiti Hill for a photo-shoot before motoring out to Ormond for lunch.

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