John Walker’s Aston Martin DB7 looked rather suave amongst the 205 other vehicles vehicles driving through town for the Daffodil Rally for Cancer on Sunday. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Cars rally for cancer

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From a 1920s Model T to American muscle, hot rods, and AC Cobras, over 200 cars came together to take part in the very first Daffodil Rally for Cancer on Sunday.

The cars and their owners took off from the Vintage Car Club rooms at Nelson Speedway and toured around the region before arriving at the port for a public display as part of the fundraiser for the Cancer Society Nelson.

Event organiser and Nelson Vintage Car Club chairman, Jim Wareing, says he was blown away by the number of club members and public who turned up to take part and support the cause.

“We were thrilled, we started off thinking we’d get 150 if we were very lucky, but the club rooms were absolutely packed to bursting point and we had 215 on display at Quay Connect, they were all sandwiched in.”

Nelson auctioneer John Walker turned into James Bond for the day, driving his Aston Martin DB7 in the rally.

After recently buying the iconic car which is just one of three in the country, John took the car out for its second decent drive as part of the rally.

“The drive was great, we got lost momentarily somewhere out Brightwater way, my navigator lead me astray, but we got to see some parts of the area that we hadn’t before and that was brilliant.”

John, who is a member of the Nelson Vintage Car Club, says it is good to see so many drivers out supporting the cause in such a variety of vehicles.

“We’ve got so many cars here and, while it’s nice to see our history maintained, there’s a great mixture of old and young, we’ve got modern, classic, and vintage cars taking part.”

Wakefield’s John and Rosie Herd drove their lovingly restored 1930 Ford Model A in Sunday’s Daffodil Rally for Cancer. Photo: Brittany Spencer.
Wakefield’s John and Rosie Herd drove their lovingly restored 1930 Ford Model A in Sunday’s Daffodil Rally for Cancer. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Nelson Vintage Car Club captain Rob Thompson says that, while it was good to get so many car enthusiasts together, the cause was at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

“While it’s a fun rally, it’s for a great cause, one in three of us get cancer, everyone knows someone who has battled with it so its great to see so many cars raising money to help.”

The Daffodil Rally for Cancer raised around $2350 for the Nelson Cancer Society branch on the day.

On Daffodil Day itself, over 400 volunteers sold daffodils and a 636-strong yellow toy windmill collection broke a Guinness World Record beneath the Cathedral.

Cancer Society Nelson manager Michelle Hunt says they managed to raise around $80,000.

The money will go towards providing services and supporting locals who are battling cancer.