Classic cars come to Highlands in Cromwell

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Classic vehicles and period costumes are coming together at a commemorative race meeting at Cromwell’s Highland Motorsport Park during the Easter break.

The Highlands Festival of Speed, being held next Saturday and Sunday, will honour 100 years of motorsport in New Zealand and the role of the motor car in developing the country.

Highland Motorsport Park manager Mike Sentch says a strong list of entries has been received for every racing category.

With many owners reluctant to race because of their historic cars’ increasing value, drivers will compete singly against the clock.

“We are confident of seeing cars, both racing and road cars, that we have not seen in action for many years, if at all,” Sentch says excitedly.

People are also encouraged to display their collector cars and even boat, bike, caravan or hot rod in the main tar-sealed carpark – drivers get free admission both days.

“We already have registrations from the Hulme supercar, a brand-new replica Ferrari 250 GTO, Pontiacs, MG TD, Singer Le Mans, Minis and many more,” Sentch says.

Machines will be eligible for category awards as well as an overall people’s choice award.

Organisers are also encouraging spectators and competitors to dress in period style – everyone who does so is eligible for best dressed man and lady awards. 

There’ll also be a ‘Fashion in the Highlands’ fashion show celebrating each era since the 1960s at noon each day on the top terrace.

The ‘Fashion in the Highlands’ show is inspired by the fashion show held in conjunction with the famous annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.