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By Ben Selby
If an event is showcased with the word “extravaganza” you can bet it is likely to be a pretty substantial occasion. Take Twin Rivers Motoring Extravaganza. A motoring event which is entirely befitting of that aforementioned phrase.
The Avonhead Rotary Club Twin Rivers Motoring Extravaganza and Classic Car Parade is one of the biggest car events on New Zealand’s automotive social calendar. Held every March at the A & P Showgrounds on Curletts Road, Sockburn, Christchurch, it sees some of Canterbury’s best automotive gems on display for the public to see, with all money raised for charity.
For 2021, the turnout was nothing short of staggering. It doesn’t matter what tickles your fancy, chances are there was something for everyone. Everything from beautiful Series 3 Jaguar E Types, a Ferrari Testarossa, Valiant E49 Chargers, a red Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster, and a couple of Lamborghini Murcielagos all soaked up the admiring glances.
Lovers of Japan’s most collectable toys were also satisfied. This included a mint Honda CRX, AW11 Toyota MR2 and Mazda RX7s on display. Car clubs like the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and the Canterbury Holden Owners Club were also present, showcasing the pride and joy of their many members.
The prize of best in show went to a brand new Lamborghini Aventador S. Its mettalic orange paintwork gleaming thanks to paint protection by renowned Christchurch car detailers Avid Group.
By far the rarest car on display was a genuine original Auburn Speedster. Owned by a well known Christchurch car dealer and collector, the Auburn Speedster looked like it just left the factory back in the mid thirties.
After 2pm, many of the cars on display took part in the annual Twin Rivers Classic Car Parade. The parade saw this convoy of rarified metal navigate a circular route around the Christchurch CBD and inner suburbs.
We are already looking forward to next year.