Huck­ster takes home tro­phy

Coastal News - - News - By ALI­SON SMITH news@coastal­news.co.nz

This 1930 Ford Model A Huck­ster with tim­ber body im­pressed not only the ladies but also won the tro­phy for Best Hot Rod at a car and trac­tor show to rev up Whanga­mata Beach Hop fes­tiv­i­ties on the week­end.

Whir­i­toa bach own­ers Lynne and Barry Gard­ner took home the Hot Rod and Ladies Choice tro­phy for their pride and joy which has a 500 Cadillac mo­tor.

It was among 100 ve­hi­cles brought into town for a clas­sic car, bike and trac­tor pa­rade and show at the Whanga­mata Club, home of the Repco Beach Hop.

Or­gan­iser Noddy Watts says within 15 min­utes of the 2019 event open­ing for en­tries, 450 cars had been reg­is­tered and this reached 1000 cars “in un­be­liev­ably record time”.

“It blew us away,” he says. The pa­rade and car show on Satur­day in Whanga­mata raised $1500 for this year’s cho­sen char­ity, St John Am­bu­lance and Noddy thanked the sup­port of ve­hi­cle own­ers who had driven from far and wide to par­tic­i­pate.

Among other ma­jor sup­port­ers are the Whanga­mata Club which gives large do­na­tions.

Club man­ager Mike Wil­liams as­sisted in do­ing the hon­ours of pre­sent­ing tro­phies to those whose ve­hi­cles were cho­sen win­ners, in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal and very rare New Zealand-made Brit­ten mo­tor­bike.

■ A three-day Ki­wis On Tour Re­union of the 700 or more peo­ple taken on tour to the United States by Noddy Watts is be­ing hosted in Whanga­mata this week­end.

“This is our sec­ond re­union — last year’s was in Christchurch,” says Noddy.

“We’re ex­pect­ing over 200 peo­ple here for the week­end, which in­cludes a num­ber trav­el­ling from Aus­tralia and the South Is­land just for the week­end,” says Noddy.

On Satur­day a pa­rade will be held through the town cen­tre be­fore par­tic­i­pants head to the Pauanui Club for lunch, fol­lowed by a fancy dress night at the Whanga­mata Club with a great lo­cal band per­form­ing.

Noddy says a num­ber of Beach Hop en­thu­si­asts have in­vested in prop­erty and are now liv­ing in Whanga­mata.

Lynne and Barry Gard­ner took home the Hot Rod and Ladies Choice tro­phy for their pride and joy which has a 500 Cadillac mo­tor.

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