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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!

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