Classic and performance cars turn out in droves for Samuel’s birthday

FAVOURITES: Classic and performance car owners from throughout Canterbury turned out for Samuel Hastie’s 11th birthday.
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About 50 classic and performance motorcar owners turned out for the special occasion of a boy’s birthday.

On the Sunday before last, Samuel Hastie of Rakaia was turning 11.

Samuel is wheelchair bound, with the rare progressive disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

His proud parents Vincent and Angela were overwhelmed with gratitude, seeing their cheeky car-crazy son surrounded by some of his favourite vehicles including two $1m Lamborghinis and a dancing Tesla, at the Rakaia Domain.

‘‘It humbled me so much, it humbled my wife too. It’s really good to see there are some good people out there, doing good things for nothing,’’ Vincent said.

They had put out the call for cars to visit on their Facebook blog A little boy with a terminal illness.

‘‘I thought we will get five or six cars or whatever, and then one thing led to another. When we got home we had a talk about it, we couldn’t even pick our favourite car, we were at that point,’’ Vincent said.

Some of the cars which turned out.

Vincent said Samuel, the third oldest of five children, was similar to himself in that he loved cars, not so much following in his footsteps as his ‘‘tyre treads’’.

Being in a wheelchair and having his serious condition did not stop Samuel from being outgoing and enjoying life.

‘‘I’m making the (shingle) driveway every second week because he does wheelies in his wheelchair.’’

Among motorists which brought their cars were members of Canterbury Automobilist Group of Christchurch.

Member Bryn Thompson said they included two $1m Lamborghini Aventadors, one grey and one bright yellow, and a Tesla Model X Dance which has its lights flash and wing doors go up and down in time to music on its stereo system. Other cars included Lamborghini Huraca ´ns, Aston Martins, Shelby Cobras and Mustangs.

Thompson said members had been keen to attend the birthday celebration. ‘‘A car should make people smile, the owner as well as others. We are fortunate some of the cars we have within the group are quite special,’’ Thompson said.