Mr G Campbell in his red T-bucket with his wife and son Daniel

A successful Motorfest

by Ann van Engelen

Celebrating its third year, Motorfest in Selwyn has become a popular family-orientated day and people from near and far attended last recent event.

“We had exceptional numbers with some 570 cars, bikes and tractors turning up for the show with all types, makes, models and ages, from Austin Sevens to the new electric vehicles,” says founder and patron John Winchester.

“The police, fire, St John and army were on-site, and we had a creche for the little ones and a free bouncy castle. We wanted to give the Rolleston people an identity and something affordable to enjoy. We had nearly 5,000 people attend and raised close to $20,000 for various local charities around the Selwyn District.”

John founded Motorfest three years ago to help fund the St John premises that was being built.

“A committee of people got behind me, including the Men’s Shed and Lincoln Rotary. We now continue to find Selwyn District community concerns that need financial help on an annual basis.

“We have fantastic sponsors. Without them, we couldn’t operate such a successful family day and raise the much-needed funds. Our volunteers are incredible and really step up. Ladies’ groups help with things like supervising the bouncy castle and the band performed all day.”

McLenaghan Contracting has been in business in the area for 30 years and were celebrating at the show.

“They brought a little digger and children over five years old were able to have a go. They also had unlimited turns on the bouncy castle.

“There was a huge variety of makes and models of vehicles including American, English, European, Australian and Japanese cars, trucks, tractors and motorbikes.

“We were given incredible prizes, including tyres, dinners at eateries, cash and a macrocarpa table.

“We appreciate everyone involved that made it a fun family day for children. That is what it was, and that is who showed up, and everybody had a great time.”