Organisers overwhelmed by crowd

2015-05-18 11:33
All cars lead to the park
Raquel de Sa (13) and Courtney Shelah (12) pose with a converted Morris Minor at Cars in the Park in Ashburton yesterday.

All cars lead to the park Raquel de Sa (13) and Courtney Shelah (12) pose with a converted Morris Minor at Cars in the Park in Ashburton yesterday. (Ian Carbutt)

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THE organisers of Cars in the Park, held in Ashburton this year, apologised yesterday for the kilometres-long queue which formed on the N3, saying they had not anticipated the large number of people trying to attend the annual motoring showcase.

People took to social media yesterday to complain about the three-kilometre queue to reach the event, which attracted hundreds of people from across the province.

Some posted messages on the Cars in the Park Facebook page, telling people not to come as the queue was too long.

“It’s a complete mess-up, don’t bother. Cops have blocked off the ramps so you can’t take the turn-off. It’s totally jammed,” said Facebook user Dale Naylor on the event’s timeline.

Another Facebook user responded to complaints and said that the organisers did not realise just how large the number of people attending would be.

“Sorry to hear guys. I think they grossly underestimated the crowd attendance this year. I went to the 2012 event at Alexandra Park and it was one-tenth of what today was,” posted Darron Boell.

Cars in the Park organiser Karl Habermann said despite the lengthy queue to reach the event, he had received only positive comments about this year’s event.

“We are aware of the queue and apologise that some people missed the event and were frustrated; we just did not expect such a large number of people to attend.”

He said the event featured 600 more cars than last year’s event in Alexandra Park, and was one of the best they have had so far.

“The venue was phenomenal and the turn-out was awesome.

“The access from the highway did catch us a bit off-guard and we will have to work around it for next year’s event.”

Habermann said the event would be in Asburton again next year and plans to make the event more accessible would be looked at.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the backlog in traffic on the N3 was cleared just before 5 pm

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