Fes­ti­val show­cases all things blokey

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The ul­ti­mate in big boys’ toys will be on show at this year’s an­nual fes­ti­val of all things blokey.

En­ter­tain­ment expo Big Boys Toys re­turns for three ac­tion-packed days this week­end and among other things will have a cou­ple of jet fight­ers on dis­play to get vis­i­tors into the right spirit.

A Rus­sian Mig21 and Pol­ish Iskra will be centrestage at the Top Gun Fighter Jet Fea­ture in the Man­fred’s Man-Cave area. Vis­i­tors to the Fighter Jet Fea­ture can pose for pho­tos and view the world’s first jet fighter sim­u­la­tors.

The fighter jets are part of the pri­vate col­lec­tion of busi­ness­man Man­fred Bennett who be­gan his col­lec­tion af­ter see­ing an auc­tion for the Mig21 on Trade Me in 2010.

Event di­rec­tor San­dra Beacham says the jets will be just the tip of a very manly ice­berg.

‘‘This year’s show is ab­so­lutely go­ing to turn heads,’’ she says.

‘‘With so much horse­power to see and ac­tion to watch, this will be the best expo of Big Boys Toys in years.’’

As well as the planes there will be su­per cars, demon­stra­tions of ex­treme sports and a flight sim­u­la­tor.

She says the big draw­card will be Flyboard-X.

‘‘This in­cred­i­ble in­ven­tion is a like pair of wa­ter jet pow- ered boots that al­low the driver to be pro­pelled high into the air and even un­der­wa­ter.’’

A spe­cial pool is be­ing dug to demon­strate the Fly­boardX at the ASB Show­grounds, its first pub­lic show­ing in New Zealand.

The Ac­tion Arena fea­tures three days of ex­treme ac­tion and big names in Freestyle Mo­tocross, BMX, stunt car driv­ing and wake­board­ing will per­form.

An­other first at Big Boys Toys is the BMX Big Air fea­ture with ac­tion-sports sen­sa­tion Jed Mildon from Taupo.

A huge Me­garamp is be­ing built to pro­pel top BMX riders high into the air, al­low­ing them to pull off amaz­ing tricks and stunts be­fore land­ing on the other side.

Mr Mildon is a star of BMX who landed the world’s first triple back flip last year and be­came fa­mous.

He will be joined on the ramp by the coun­try’s other top riders and Aus­tralian leg­end Nick Cooper as they wow the crowd with their un­be­liev­able tricks and flips.

Big Boys Toys runs from 10am till 6pm on Novem­ber 9, 10 and 11 at the ASB Show­grounds in Green­lane.

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