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If it’s drag rac­ing that floats your boat, you’re go­ing to love the NZDRA 50th New Zealand Na­tion­als, tak­ing place at Master­ton Mo­tor­plex over the week­end of March 17–18. This meet­ing rep­re­sents the fi­nal of the cur­rent NZDRA Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, and prom­ises two days of all-out rac­ing ac­tion, with a $5000 cheque wait­ing to be claimed by the first top doorslam­mer driver to crack a five-sec­ond quar­ter-mile pass. Gate en­try is $20 per per­son per day, with un­der 14s free. Gates open at 9am on Satur­day and 8am on Sun­day, with rac­ing be­gin­ning at 10am on Satur­day and 9am on Sun­day. The an­nual Gear Jam­mers Rod and Mus­cle Car Club show is all go for March 18, at Kapiti Pri­mary School, Para­pa­raumu. The car show is open to hot rods, clas­sics, kus­toms, and mus­cle cars, and will fea­ture a live band, a pin-up com­pe­ti­tion, rocker-cover rac­ing, and an as­sort­ment of vendors. The event will be­gin with a cruise to the venue, de­part­ing South­ward Car Mu­seum at 9.30am, with the show sched­uled to kick off at 10am. Slap the date in your cal­en­dars, and get pre­pared for a cruisy day out. We hope you’ve sorted your Hop ac­com­mo­da­tion in time for New Zealand’s big­gest au­to­mo­tive fes­ti­val. Repco Beach Hop 18 will kick off on March 21, and the five-day party will fol­low the tra­di­tional itin­er­ary across the Thames–Coro­man­del re­gion, with the mas­sive Satur­day pro­gramme tak­ing over es­sen­tially all of Whanga­mata. Oh, and of course there’s the chance to take home this year’s give­away — ei­ther a ’56 Ford F100, a 2018 Harley-David­son, a retro car­a­van, or $10K in cash. Visit beach­hop.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion. It’s that time of year again — the coun­try’s coolest an­nual drag rac­ing event is rolling back to Mere­mere Drag­way. The Bay Rod­ders’ 2018 Nos­tal­gia Drags, spon­sored by Worlds End Bar and Restau­rant, will take place on Satur­day, March 31 — this means it will not clash with Beach Hop — so you’d bet­ter lock the date in! This year’s Nos­tal­gia Drags is set to in­clude the usual nos­tal­gia ac­tion we know and love, as well as the high-speed FED Chal­lenge and the brute-force Trans-Tas­man Gasser Chal­lenge! This will in­clude the ‘Fun­der­bolt’, ‘Loose Can­non’, ‘Badasstoo’, and ‘Hay­wire’ gassers shipped over from Aus­tralia. En­try is $25 per adult, with un­der 14s free — or $40 per adult if stay­ing for both Nos­tal­gia Drags and Club Champs — and gates will be open from 7am. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bay­rod­ders.co.nz/nos­tal­gia-drags.

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