A car lover’s dream

Car enthusiasts are encouraged to come and see some of the best-loved vehicles at Mount Maunganui Rotary Club’s inaugural Show off your Wheels Auto Show.

Hundreds of vehicles are expected to park up at Mount Maunganui College grounds on February 23 – and Tauranga man Barry Walker’s 2008 XF Jaguar is one of them.

Barry Walker and his 2008 XF Jaguar and Mount Maunganui Rotary president Barry Walker.  Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Barry’s brand new 2008 XF Jaguar arrived at his doorstep five years ago, following his life-long dream of wanting one.
“My late father had his first Jaguar in 1957, and a second in 1968. I’ve always wanted one,” says Barry.
“Sometimes, I think that maybe he’s looking over my shoulder – so I better not put a ding in it.”

Driving around the city, Barry says his car often catches the eye of passers-by, with its metallic red-wine finish and ivory leather interior.
 “It’s a fairly big car. It looks nice in that colour,” says Barry. “It’s got a true Jaguar finish. Everything is absolutely perfectly finished.

“[And] it has a nice sound – a sound of class. It just feels nice when I’m driving it.”
Show organiser Les Cresswell says the event, which raises money for a variety of Rotary charities, gives the opportunity for individuals who aren’t car club members, but have a “special and loved” car, to show it off in public. Individual car owners and car clubs are encouraged to enter vehicles before January 21, as spaces are filling up quickly.

The Show off your Wheels Auto Show is at Mount Maunganui College grounds on February 23.

Day entry is $5, with primary school aged children free when accompanied by an adult.
For more information, visit the webiste: www.showoffyourwheelsautoshow.com


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