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for when the show opened to the public at 10am. With the main road closed off for several blocks for overflow show parking, the event really has pushed itself into unchartered and exciting territory. The heat gave those who’d splashed out on VIP passes the perfect excuse to kick back in the marquee with a cold beverage and light lunch, but the ample leafy shade throughout the beachfront reserve ensured the masses of show-goers could relax without fear of burning to a crisp. The hundreds of cars on display, live music by Turd Creek, an auction, regular fireups of the GSS altered, and the famous Orewa Beach provided no shortage of alternatives as far as entertainment was concerned, making it apparent why this event has become increasingly popular not just for petrolheads but across the board.
Above: Cathy Willemsen waited a long time to own her dream car, and she’s finally got it. Her stunning ’70 Plymouth Cuda AAR is one of only 36 ever produced in Moulin Rouge pink, and one of just seven believed still to exist with a factory-fitted automatic transmission. Apart from a panel and paint job in the US, the car is almost entirely stock, and even has its original Goodyear Polyglas tyres
Above and below: Eric and Marion Livingstone’s neat pair of cars make for a bit of Mopar eye candy. Eric’s wild Hemi-powered ’23 T-bucket sure gets around, and has been a familiar sight at car shows for well over the past three decades. It’s more often than not seen with Marion’s wicked six-pack big block ’68 Plymouth Barracuda fastback — a show-stopping slice of pro-street awesomeness!