In July 2014 the Taranaki Vehicle Events Trust (TVET) was formed by four Taranaki business people – Garry Malcolm, Marilyn Davies, Wayne McCurdy & Mike Ekdahl.
They became involved when John Rae, who had run Americarna for the last five years, asked for some additional support and planning to help ensure the event would continue for many years and benefit of our Taranaki community.
The value of Americarna for the region was recognised by the four Trustees, in terms of a recreational, social, wellbeing and economic outcomes beneficial to the community and TVET was formed.
Our Current Trustees
Ian Lind, Chair Ian was appointed in 2017. “Having been involved in several businesses for the best part of my working life, I enjoy the aspect of being involved in a well-design organised and well run event. From the inception of Americana some years ago we have been sponsors, and entrants, supporting this unique event showcasing American cars in Taranaki. Being actively involved in the Taranaki Vehicle Events Trust [TVET] with like minded people driving the desire for an event that provides entrants within Taranaki and our visitors from outside the region a fantastic experience and a great snap shot view of our interesting vibrant region.
Mike Ekdahl, Deputy Chair: Mike was appointed trustee in 2014 and is involved in various business interests related to commercial property management in New Plymouth. “I’m proud to be part of the New Plymouth community and see AmeriCARna as a recreational event that provides Taranaki with meaningful benefit social and economically. This is an opportunity for me to offer support and show our region a vibrant destination to attract residents, business and visitors”.
Marilyn Davies Trustee: Marilyn was appointed Trustee in 2014.
Mark Robson Trustee: Mark was appointed Trustee in 2019 . Mark is a local who appreciates the benefits to the Taranaki region and joins the cruises in his American vehicle also.
Tony Ewens Trustee: Tony was appointed Trustee in 2020. Branch Manager for Citycare Water, employing over local 50 staff that contribute to providing service to the community throughout Taranaki, I have a passion for American iron and have been involved in many sporting associations both as competitor and in management with Jet boating, Muscle cars and Drag Racing. A regular attending Americarna with a desire to ensure the benefits for our community continue and grow.
Taranaki Vehicle Events Trust Mission Statement
- Provide vehicle events that will benefit the Taranaki Community
- To showcase Taranaki not only in New Zealand but also internationally
- To run a successful annual event in Taranaki
- To give back to the Taranaki community by providing a completely free event for the public to attend