History of the Nelson Car Show


Our first year. Taken from a proven format, our first show was held in the grounds of the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum in Annesbrook, Nelson.

Invitations went out to all car enthusiasts for a one day event and the turnout was excellent with over 65 display vehicles attending.

Steve Berkett, 1955 Chevy


This year the decision was made to move to Richmond's A&P Showgrounds in order to cater to the larger amount of vehicles and extend the event to two days. This ensured that the display cars could be judged and the public had a greater amount of time to view the cars without congestion.

Entry numbers increased to over 110 vehicles and public entry grew to over 4,500.

Mat Jucich, Holden Ute


Our second year at the A&P Showgrounds, with not only a larger number of traditional performance vehicles but also a number of quality Asian cars. We also included for the first time a small burnout pad, which turned out to be a huge success and added to the existing live displays such as the engine blow-up competition. Our biggest year for show cars with over 200 registered, crowd attendance 5,700.

Kerry Martin, Datsun 1600


At some stage we were going to be blessed with a wet event and 2008 was the year it happened. A true test of planning and crisis management, we came through unscathed financially. The weather did keep away the crowds and some display cars, however while the numbers were disappointing all planned displays and events took place. This just goes to prove that true enthusiasts will attend regardless of the weather – all but one of the major prize winners were still present at the prizegiving ceremony after two days of rain!

Paul Keenan, Mustang Fastback


The show moved back to the grounds beside the WOW Classic Car Museum at Cadillac Way in Annesbrook. The changes at this site since 2005 allowed for more space for a cohesive display area, and a much larger 'tyre testing' pad which proved very popular!

Despite the Saturday becoming yet another casualty of the weather, things picked up on Sunday for a great show. A certain Mustang gave us another first by coming back better than last year to sweep the Top Judged prize 2 years in a row!

Paul Keenan, Mustang Fastback


In 2010 the show name was simplified to the 'Nelson Car Show'. We felt the previous title was unintentionally exclusive - all vehicles, all clubs and all enthusiasts are welcome, including bikes and other vehicles! Building on the success of the 2009 changes, the show was once again held at Cadillac Way with the tyre testing event being one of the major attractions.

The dates being moved forward into mid-February still didn't give us a clean run on the weather, with some rain on both days yet again! However by Sunday afternoon we had clear skies and hot sun, and the event was enjoyed by all.

Tim Miller, 65 Mustang K GT Fastback


The 2011 show was huge! The weather held out (almost!) all weekend with Sunday being very hot and sunny. A record attendance of almost 300 vehicles over the weekend filled the display area early on Saturday, and overflowed into surrounding areas on Sunday.

Resource Consent to hold a proper burnout event was obtained just in time, and a record crowd enjoyed the tyre shredding action on Saturday afternoon.

All these big numbers meant that the Nelson Car Show was able to donate $3000 to the Christchurch Mayoral Relief Fund, and $1000 to the Nelson Ark. A big thanks to everyone who made this great weekend possible, but particularly the sponsors and the entrants who brought their vehicles along.

Dave Sales, '57 Buick Riviera


Thanks to the Speight's Ale House, the 2012 Show had its last year at Cadillac Way. Following the successful format of the 2011 event with a Friday evening cruise, Saturday burnouts and Sunday main show day, the venue was completely packed all weekend!

With in excess of 300 vehicles and an increase in on-site activities within a reduced area, its safe to say that the Show has outgrown the location!

Thanks to all the sponsors, entrants and spectators who made the weekend such a success. Funds were donated to the Nelson Ark, Nelson Schools Motorcross event, Motueka Regional Ambulance and Kartsport.

Nick Appleman, '54 Behemoth


In 2013 the burnouts were held as a separate event for one last hurrah at Cadillac Way before the Resource Consents expired. The show proper was held the following weekend at the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park, and had a great laid-back atmosphere for those looking for a relaxing weekend.

Once again a local vehicle has taken the double win with Nick Appleman's '54 Behemoth edging out some strong competition to become Top Judged for the second year in a row.

Nick Appleman, '54 Behemoth


We are very excited to announce that the 2014 show will be the 10th anniversary event!

To celebrate we've not only got the biggest and best venue yet at the Tahunanui Beach playing fields, but the 2014 show will be completely FREE to all!

Last but not least we will be going back to basics with a one day show, and wiping the prize slate clean - there will be one award only, for People's Choice as voted by everyone who attends. You won't find an over-commercialised event at the Nelson Car Show in 2014!