Steve Steele is looking for someone to take over the Nelson Motor Show. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Car show up for grabs


The Nelson Motor Show could be yours.

After four years, organiser Steve Steele is offering over the event to a like-minded party to help take it to the next level.

“It’s time for me to step back, it’s getting busier and bigger every year and it’s getting too big just for me.”

The show attracts thousands to Tahunanui Beach each year to check out classic and vintage cars, hotrods and even aircraft.

Steve says, between his day job as a manager for Envirowaste and him building his own home, there was little time to dedicate to the event.

He helped start the Motor Show four years ago and since then it has grown into a major event on the car calendar.

“It’s just incredible. Every year new people turn up. It changes every year.”

He thought it might suit a car club, association or even a business looking for something to use as a promotional tool.

Steve says he has always wanted the Motor Show to be for everyone. “Even if you bring along a $500 car or a $500,000 car, you will be treated the same. You get a young fellah, with a $500 car – he is proud of that. When he is 50 like the rest of us he will end up with something different. He should be encouraged and the older ones can do that.”

Steve says he still wants to be involved but acknowledges other people might have better ideas.

“I don’t want the quality to go downhill. It has put us on the map.”

There is no money involved as the event runs as a charity but there are a variety of chattels that the show has accumulated over the years. Steve says he will hand all those over.

He says he can stay on to help, or if the new organisers want him to step aside he is happy to do that.

“I’m happy to guide someone along or let it go.”

Anyone interested can call Steve on 0211393316.