Event organiser hands over helm

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Bright side...Motoring Mad organizer Tony Richardson savors a sunny afternoon at Sunday's car show in Tulloch Park with his 1952 Chevrolet.

After a decade as the driving force behind Motoring Mad, Mataura’s Tony Richardson is passing the steering wheel to someone else.

His idea of a motoring event to raise money for the Mataura Scout Group combined his passion for cars with the needs of the group.

Over the years it became a staple event for the car community.

“It’s time for somebody else to take over,” Mr Richardson said.

The event had gone well and he appreciated the support from the community.

“Every year’s been a good year.”

About 75 vehicles participated in Friday’s Gore street cruise, and about 40 participated in Saturday’s “fantastic” countryside cruise.

About 150 cars were on display at the car show in Tulloch Park on Sunday.

He had expected the weather to be bad and was pleased the sun came out for his final year at the helm.

Although there were regulars at the event, new cars still rolled in each year.

“Every year there’s always different cars.”

However, there was one particularly memorable year- “the year we had John Neilan down”.

The record-setting racer had travelled from Auckland to his home town to attend the event with his Digga dragster.

Mr Richardson said he would participate in Motoring Mad in the future, but only as a car enthusiast.