Car club looks to a bigger, better show next year

Southland Chevrolet Club members gathered at Anderson's Park, near Invercargill, last weekend.

SOUTHLAND Chevrolet Club members are “gutted” the Southern Grilles and Gasoline Car and Bike show can’t go ahead.

The show was set to run during Waitangi Weekend with a Friday Night Cruise and a Saturday Car Show, which was open to the public.

Club president Jason Pope said the cancellation was decided when they realised the risk to hold the event was high, due to the pandemic.

“It is devastating for the club but, at the end of the day, it is just a show and the public’s health has got to be number one.”

Committee member Richelle Pope said they had tried to downscale the show but with the restrictions due to the Red traffic light setting, the show’s purpose was demeaned.

“We have always wanted it to be a family focused event but we are unable to run children’s entertainment, live music and craft stalls on Saturday and without everyone to enjoy it, there’s no point.”

People were coming from throughout the South Island to be a part of the show and the club had received its best number of pre-registrations.

“There was more than 220 pre-registered and we were expecting it to reach the 250 mark,” Mrs Pope said

Despite the cancellation, people could expect a bigger and better event next year, she said.

Fellow club members Mandy Price and Steve Fitzgerald said they were gutted the show was cancelled.

Mrs Price had attended all the events since they began four years ago.

“It is a unity, orientated event and it’s all focused on families, so it’s just a shame that we can’t run it.”

Mr Fitzgerald said the event involved a lot of hard work from committee members and it helped bring the community together.

“Everybody is pretty sad about it being cancelled, but not having all of the public there means it is not worth having.”