THIS MONTH AT V8

WA­IAU PA HOP IS AS LOVED BY THE COM­MU­NITY AS IT IS BY THE CAR LOVERS WHO AT­TEND IT. HERE’S WHY …

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It may be a small car show, but the Wa­iau Pa Hop just keeps get­ting big­ger. As al­ways, this year’s event took place at Clarks Beach Re­serve, in the pleas­ant Clarks Beach re­gion south of Auck­land. How­ever, while the lo­ca­tion is quiet, one day ev­ery Au­gust there is an ex­cep­tion: when the old-school cir­cus rolls into town. Boast­ing a large turnout of hot rods, clas­sics, and mus­cle cars, the event fol­lows a sim­ple recipe, with a fo­cus on keep­ing all at­ten­dees well catered for. While the car show is the most ob­vi­ous way this is achieved, en­ter­tain­ment is also pro­vided in the form of live mu­sic and games for the young ones — and who doesn’t love a good, old-fash­ioned sound-off? This year’s win­ner was Bruce Hor­nell, whose Chev Sil­ver­ado clearly meant busi­ness even at idle, with a fu­ri­ous cackle emerg­ing from the open head­ers be­fore he even thought about smash­ing the gas. Some­what qui­eter — which is un­usual — were the cars com­pris­ing the Kiwi Car­nage Burnout As­sault Team. This is New Zealand’s only ded­i­cated team of burnout ve­hi­cles that have com­peted at a pro­fes­sional level in Aus­tralia, and they will be do­ing so again later this year, be­fore hit­ting the pad at Sum­mer­nats 31. How­ever, the dis­play wasn’t all big cams and loud ex­hausts. Among the ranks of cars on show, we found a range of in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing a ’71 Buick Riviera ‘boat tail’, an im­mac­u­late ’51 Stude­baker, a ’60 Buick Elec­tra in orig­i­nal patina, and a ’57 Chev Cameo — beau­ti­fully re­stored and mildly cus­tom­ized, and one of only 2244 pro­duced in 1957. Then there were the usual sus­pects, with cars like Pete North’s ap­pro­pri­ately plated ‘AGGRSV’ Holden LX To­rana hatch — a car that will no doubt be a fa­mil­iar sight to car-show at­ten­dees through­out the Auck­land re­gion. Sim­i­larly, ‘KOOL30’, the bright green ’30 Model A coupe driven by Jack Martin and Louise Smith, is a car we’re all used to see­ing around — its bright metal­lic green paint can’t hurt! Staunch Ford man Wil­liam Chap­man had his freshly com­pleted XB Fal­con coupe out for its pub­lic de­but. With its matt or­ange paint, tubbed rear, and blown 460ci big block, it’s cer­tainly not lack­ing in punch — visual or me­chan­i­cal. By the time the day wrapped up, or­ga­niz­ers and at­ten­dees were count­ing their bless­ings that the bad weather had held off — it ended up buck­et­ing down the fol­low­ing day — and that Wa­iau Pa Hop 2017 was, by all ac­counts, a com­plete suc­cess.

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