Optimism and determination won the day in Maungaturoto on Sunday, November 25, when a debatable decision to go ahead with the primary school’s annual Car & Bike Show paid off.
Torrential rain the previous day and more on the morning itself threatened to force the fundraiser’s cancellation, but organisers stood firm and conditions cleared just in time for a dry and successful event.
Tracey Foy was the woman who made the final call and she says she was glad that, after a few nervous moments, the show went on largely as planned.
“I looked at the weather and thought ‘no, I’m going to get beaten, just breathe and push through’,” she says. “Everyone pulled together, we adjusted a few plans, and in the end I think it worked in our favour.”
There were 85 treasured classic cars and around 20 bikes on display, plus a range of stalls and attractions, including a Ryco racing simulator, a tyre-changing contest and a challenge to see who could hold up two large fuel cans full of water on straight arms for the longest.
The show was held to raise money for Maungaturoto Primary School’s senior camp, which is held every two years for students in Years 5 and 6. They will be heading to the Marsden Bay Christian Camp at One Tree Point for a week of outdoor activities in February.
“The total from the show is looking to be around $4000 profit, which is great considering numbers were down a bit,” Tracey says. “I’d just like to thank everybody who came along and helped out – the committee, the school teachers, the school families, sponsors, volunteers – we had great support from everyone.”
Young local racing driver Ben Morrison unsurprisingly won the fastest time of the day in the RYCO race simulator.
Facepainting proved as popular as ever – students Chiara and Aria made great butterflies, while Amelia, below left, opted for a cool big cat look.