US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown said the town had put on a "pretty cool" display for Americarna last week.
The ambassador, who lives in Lower Hutt, had come to Taranaki for the American car-themed event.
Travelling with his wife Gail, and Americarna event director John Rae to Stratford and Hāwera on Friday, the ambassador enjoyed a lunch at Colonel Malone's with Stratford mayor Neil Volzke.
He said he was enjoying visiting Taranaki for the first time, and was impressed with how the towns had embraced Americarna.
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"In Stratford, it's great seeing all the flags and everyone out in the street enjoying the cars, but for me, I am particularly enjoying the juxtaposition of the American cars against the backdrop of Shakespeare."
That juxtaposition, he said, made Stratford memorable.
"It certainly is going to stick in my mind. I have loved seeing it all today."