Kids & Family, Motor Sport · 12 Feb 2021

Thousands Enjoy Southern Car Show

Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson


Organisers of the Southern Grilles and Gasoline car show promise next year’s event will be bigger, better and badder.

Around 2000 people packed out the streets of downtown Invercargill last Friday night for the drive-by before the main event on Saturday.

Organiser Jason Pope said the non-profit show raised well in excess of $7000 for the Southland Food Bank – the problem now was where and how to spend all that money?

“We can’t just hand it over because it will go into the National food bank coffers, and we want it to stay here, so it looks like we’re going to have to go food shopping ourselves.”

Photo: Vanessa Adcock Photography

 More than 450 classic, custom, vintage and hot rod cars, trucks, caravans and motorbikes were involved in the car show on Saturday.

Planning is already underway for 2022 with dates set for Waitangi Weekend (February 4th until 6th.)

The winners of the 2021 show

  •  Cleanways Cup Best Overall – Jeff Helm & Alvena Clay (55 Chevrolet Sport Coupe); 
  • Best American – Donna Beer (57 Chevrolet Convertible)
  • Best Australian – Evan Pennial (Valiant (chopped custom)
  • Best European – Shelley Hitchcox (Volkswagon Kombi Van)
  • Best British – Neil Lewis (1959 Jaguar Coupe (roadster)
  • Best Japanese – Nate Rolston Mazda 626 (rotary)
  • Best Pick Up Truck/Ute – Ray & Debbie King, (Chevrolet C10 (blown)
  • Best Retro Caravan – Damien Scully (74 Munro Crusader)
  • Best Motorbike – Nathan Smith (1923 Harley Davidson)
  • Best Competition – Liam McDonald  (Sprint Car )
  • Best Kids Ride – Slade Fordyce (Jawa Speedway Bike)
  • Best Represented Club – Southland Rodders


Photos From Grilles & Gasoline Car Show

Photos From Friday Nights Cruise