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Classic cars for cancer

Daffodil Day Vehicle Display organisers Bob O’Malley and Kelly Landon-Lane. Photo: Matt Brown.

Organisers behind a successful charity car show hope to beat their previous record when it comes to raising vital funds.

Now in its third year, the Daffodil Day Vehicle Display raised nearly $10,000 for the local Cancer Society branch at each of the last two events, and this year organisers hope to raise more.

Last year, the show displayed 248 vintage, classic and new cars and trucks and close to 30 vintage motorcycles.

Organiser Kelly Landon-Lane, whose first job was as a “grease-monkey” at Mayfield Motors, says the support they’ve received for the show has been quite humbling.

“The selling point of the whole thing is all the money stays local,” Kelly says.

“Raised local, stays local.”

Last year, close to 30 vintage motorcycles were displayed at the Brayshaw Park vehicle display. Photo: Matt Brown.
Last year, close to 30 vintage motorcycles were displayed at the Brayshaw Park vehicle display. Photo: Matt Brown.

Organiser Bob O’Malley says the display was coined from a national Vintage Car Club push to fundraise money for the Cancer Society.

Initially, the national branch intended to organise a rally, but the Marlborough branch had a better idea.

“There’s a lot of work for a rally and hardly any return,” Bob says.

Blenheim’s Brayshaw Park, the home of the Vintage Car Club clubrooms, will this year open more of its displays during the show.

“We’re doing it with the whole park,” Bob says.

“Dealers give us a good donation and bring their new cars,” Kelly says.

“New Zealanders have a fascination with cars, I’ve been hooked from a young age.”

Bob says the classic cars take him back to his youth.

“The first car I ever had was a Model A, and I have a couple of them now,” Bob says.

Members of the public can display their vehicle on the day for $5.

A gold coin donation on entry is appreciated.

The vehicle display is from 9am to 4pm on 25 August.

Kelly says the display is a “bloody good day”.

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