Southern Connection showing off

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Erol and Jenny Scobie in front of their 1964 Ford Zodiac Mark 3 classic.

PEOPLE will be able to relive their youth while viewing vehicles from the 1950s to early 1970s at the Zodiac Zephyr Club (Southland) Southern Connection car show on Saturday.

Club secretary Jenny Scobie said the biennial show had to be moved from March to Labour Weekend due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Now it was time to celebrate.

“Everyone was welcome to view the Zodiacs and Zephyrs which would be on display at the Ascot Park Hotel car park,” she said.

Attendees could also vote in the People’s Choice by writing the name and number of the vehicle which most appealed to them and placing their choice in the voting box.

Mrs Scobie said the Southern Connection was held every two years, with the national convention in the North Island convened every other year.

As it was the Southern Connection, only South Island members would be showing their vehicles, she said.

About 40 vehicles were expected to take part at this stage.

“All Zodiac and Zephyrs… there will be Mark 1s, which were made in the 1950s, Mark 2, Mark 3, and Mark 4s, which were made in 1971.”

The long weekend would also include other social events for club members including a social get-together on Friday, touring Bill Richardson Transport World on Saturday afternoon, a dine and dance on Saturday night, and a road tip to Riverton, with a side trip to Thornbury, on Sunday.

The club, which began in 1978, was created when a group of like-minded enthusiasts got together to “maintain and restore” the much-admired vehicles of its era.

More than 40 years later, the club had retained its “family-orientation” with 62 families as members.

“We use to take our children along… now it’s the grandchildren’s turn.

“We try to have a monthly get-together… either a road trip or viewing someone’s sheds.”

For more information about the club, phone Jenny Scobie on 03 230 4434 or the club president Trevor McDowall on 0272 086 047.

  • Zodiac Zephyr Club (Southland) Southern Connection, car show. Ascot Park Hotel, Tay St and Racecourse Rd, Invercargill, Saturday, October 24, 9.30am-11.30am. Free admission.
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