Nelson Hot Rod owner Beven Bennett with his 1932 Ford Coupe that will be a part of the Independence Day Cruise to Riwaka this Sunday. All American vehicles are invited to take part. Photo: Andrew Board.

A cruise for all-American vehicles

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Own an American vehicle? You may want to read on.
After the success of last year’s inaugural Independence Day Cruise the Nelson Hot Rod Club is organising it again and it’s inviting all American vehicles to take part. The cruise will be held on the Sunday after Independence Day in the United States – July 7 – and will see close to 100 motorbikes, hot rods and classic cars drive from Tahunanui to Riwaka and back.
Organiser Ian Jones says the day was a huge success last year and the club was keen to build on that. “We had 85 vehicles last year which was really good, if we can get that again, plus a few more, that would be good.”
Last year the cruise went to Kaiteriteri but Ian says that put off a lot of motorcyclists as the roads were icy on the hill over there, so they’ve shortened it in an effort to attract more bikes.
A $5 entry fee for each vehicle will be donated to the Nelson Hospice and Ian says the day is a great opportunity to check out other cars and meet other people with similar interests.
People will begin to meet at the Suburban Club on Tahunanui Dr from 9.30am with the vehicles to leave at 11am. They will then go down Nayland Rd to Whakatu Dr and through Gladstone Rd in Richmond. They will continue on State Highway 6 to Brightwater and drive through Waimea West and down the Moutere Highway to Riwaka. For more information about the cruise, give Ian a call on 027 442 3890.