Three-year-old Theo Gordon in the Jeep that his poppa bought for him at the live auction. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Street Hop brings classic cars to the city


Hardy Street had its engine revving for Nelson’s first Street Hop event in central Nelson last Sunday.

More than 70 people from across the Top of the South registered their classic cars to be on show in Hardy Street on Sunday, for the event organised by Uniquely Nelson and Morrison Square.

The event was a fundraiser for Nelson Hospice and aimed to support local businesses on an otherwise quiet Sunday.

Hardy Street was closed to traffic from Trafalgar St to Collingwood St for the 71 classic cars which were on display.

People were invited to cast a vote for their favourite car, with people’s choice being taken out by Nelson man Tony Anderson with his 1959 Buick, by just three votes.

Tony entered three cars but says he first came across the Buick when he was in America and thought it would be a good way to “make a few bucks” by on-selling it.

“Once it arrived in port though, the wife saw it and it was a keeper.”

To raise funds for hospice a live auction was held, with four ride-on cars, and a ‘run around’ vehicle up for the highest bidders.

Three-year-old Theo Gordon is the lucky new owner of a Jeep, thanks to his poppa.

Uniquely Nelson manager Simon Duffy says the day was a huge success and was so much more than he expected.

“I’m blown away, we thought we might get 1500 people here, but I think there would be easily 4000-5000 people.”

He says the event offered something different to a regular car show as it encompassed local businesses and live music in a more street-festival type setting.

He estimated that they raised around $4000 for Nelson Tasman Hospice.

Nelson Tasman Hospice fundraising marketing officer, Joanna Davis, says they are so grateful to be the chosen charity.

“We were so lucky to have beautiful weather. People love cars and I think the vintage theme added something different, too.”