Motor Fest ready to rumble

by Kent Caddick

Organisers of Rolleston’s first Selwyn Motor Festival say they have been overwhelmed by the response of the local community to the new event.

The inaugural Selwyn Motor Fest and Family Fun Day will be held on Rolleston on Sunday, November 26, with proceeds from the event going to St John Selwyn Central, which recently opened its new ambulance base in the town.

Local district councillor Craig Watson said the organising committee had been overwhelmed with the community spirit in Selwyn with over $30,000 pledged to run the event.

“When you add up sponsorship, donations of items for the day along with discounted and in-kind support our amazing community have got behind the Jones Road Auto Selwyn Motor Fest, and more importantly St John Selwyn Central, in a big way,” Cr Watson said.

“Of course our challenge now, and the challenge for the wider community, is to work together to match or even beat that amount in proceeds to support our local deserving St John service.”

Cr Watson said when they started out six months ago they never imagined the level of support that has been shown for the inaugural event

“We want to thank every business, every family and every organisation which has shown their support. We are a very small team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly for the last few months to deliver a pretty exciting product that we are really proud of.”

Besides the hundreds of cars, trucks, motorbikes and tractors on show, there will be exhibits from local emergency services, the New Zealand Trucking Association, vintage clubs, rally cars, Selwyn District Council and Selwyn Parenting Network.

For the kids there are bouncy castles, face painting, pony rides and more, with over 15 food vendors and 30 plus market holders on site.

The event, to be held adjacent to Rolleston College, will run from 10am to 3pm, Sunday, November 26.