V8 WINNER: People’s Choice winner Anita Parkins with her 1957 Cadillac de Ville, at the conclusion of the third annual V8 Escape event in Brightwater, on Saturday afternoon. The event raised $1150 for Nelson Tasman Hospice. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Classic cars raise money for Hospice


For the third year in a row, local V8 enthusiasts have combined their passion for cars with an act of generosity, the result being the V8 Escape.

On Saturday morning, participants left Brightwater Motor Inn for a run that took them through the Moutere and out to Tapawera, then to Quinney’s Bush before concluding the drive back where they started.

“Me and fellow organiser Ian Barker, we’ve just got a passion for American classic cars and we got talking one day and thought, we should organise a run with the proceeds going to a worthy cause,” says Ross Hurley. “We’ve run the event for three years in a row now. We know there’s an awful lot of classic cars in the Nelson area, so it’s also a good excuse for people to get them out.”

The V8 Escape was successful in raising $1150 for the Nelson Tasman Hospice and received “an awful lot of positive feedback from people, thanking us for an awesome day out,” says Ross.

Staff at Quinney’s Bush were in charge of awarding the People’s Choice award, which went to Anita Parkins and her 1957 Cadillac de Ville.

“I’ve only had this about six weeks, so this is its first outing,” says Anita.

The run concluded with music from the Dixie Prix and the raffle draw which included many great prizes, generously donated by a number of local businesses.