V8 blast from the past

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A blast from the past spearheads the Greg Donaldson Contracting Ashburton Wheels Week Plus with the iconic Rod McElrea V8 Cortina (pictured) on display at Gluyas Motor Group. The car, driven by McElrea in the Open Saloon Car Association series in the 1980s, was restored by Mid Cantabrian Anthony Prendergast. It will be on display in Gluyas’ showroom at 75 Kermode Street, from Monday to Friday. Wheels Week officially kicks off on Saturday May 5, and runs until May 20. The V8 Cortina and its Kiwi driver, Rod McElrea, are expected to be reunited at the AutoSparks Street Sprints on May 12, where McElrea will do a demonstration run around the course. Organisers expect the first demonstration to be around 11.30am on Saturday, May 12.