Top racing driver on board for Queenstown car show


Top Kiwi racing car driver Jonny Reid will be the star guest at next month’s Queenstown Auto Extravaganza.

The 2008 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport New Zealand-round winner met car show organisers today and confirms he’ll be a guest speaker during the February 25-27 event.

“I don’t think I’ll be driving at this point,” Reid says.

“But I’ll be there with bells on to support and watch – it’s in my blood.”

Reid, 27, is in the resort tonight before heading to Timaru for the Porsche GT3 Cup challenge this weekend.

He has recently become an ambassador for prostate cancer and is excited that the car show, held at the Queenstown Events Centre, is a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

“[With motorsport] being a male-dominated sport it’s quite a good fit and it’s a way I can give back and support something I believe in.”

The biennial Queenstown Auto Extravaganza raised more than $30,000 for the cause during the inaugural show in 2009 and organisers hope to beat that next figure month.

Event coordinator Michael Sly says: “A lot of car owners are in that high-risk demographic [for prostate cancer]. It’s about awareness of what to do, dropping any inhibition about it. You could call it a men’s warrant of fitness.”