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One of the stunning cars on display in this year’s Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga. Times photos Wayne Martin

The odd downpour failed to deter people of all ages from turning out for the eighth annual Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show.

Staged at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga on Sunday, March 3, the event drew more than 1300 classic cars as well as vintage motorcycles and military vehicles.

On display were British and European cars ranging from the very old to the very new and everything in between.

Among those on hand to take in the impressive display were Prime Minister and Botany MP Christopher Luxon, Transport Minister and Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown, and Howick Local Board chairperson Damian Light.

At the show were, from left, MC PJ (Phil) Taylor of East FM, Howick Local Board chairperson Damian Light, organising committee member Richard Leech, Prime Minister and Botany MP Christopher Luxon and Transport Minister and Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown.

East FM’s PJ (Phil) Taylor did his usual stellar job as MC, carrying out on-air radio interviews throughout the day with people including the event’s organisers and Luxon.

Among the rarest cars on show was a 1932 Sunbeam 20 (23.8) Drophead, powered by a 3435cc engine making 125 brake horsepower.

It was imported to New Zealand from England when new and is the only model of its kind to reach these shores.

The car’s present owner bought the car in 1978 and has slowly restored it over the past 16 years.

The engine powering a rare and unique Sunbeam car in the show.

Impressively it’s one of only two 23.8 Sunbeams with that body style in the world.

The car show’s organising committee chairman Steve Broadbent says despite the weather the feedback from car owners and the public was fantastic.

“It felt like the best one we’ve created. The stories that connect people are really interesting.

“Like they used to own one of those as their first car, or their grandparents had one and they travelled somewhere in the back of it.

“It was lovely hearing those stories and it was just all day long.”

See more photos from the Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show here.

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