Huckster takes home trophy
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.