Steel, wheels and loud tyre squeals
The streets of Waiuku will soon become a haven for, well, everyone.
On April 30, Waiuku will have its main streets full with cars, excavators, boats, tractors, emergency service displays, impersonators and much more for its fourth annual Steel ‘n’ Wheels festival.
The Waiuku Business and Development Association event, which debuted in 2013, was created to motivate owners of memorabilia, machinery and automotive merchandise to showcase their prized possessions.
Earplugs will be required when one of the main attractions roars into life - the Nightmare dragster will be making an appearance and is scheduled to perform two fire ups.
Waiuku Town Centre manager Sharlene Druyven said: ‘‘The reason why (the festival) is so successful is because it doesn’t just showcase cars. Not everyone is into cars, it’s different genres of everything from, motors, to putt putt engines, to helicopters, to boats, to trucks, and racing.’’
The festival will cost spectators a gold coin donation, and for those who wish to enter their display pieces, registrations will cost nothing.
Assistant town centre manager Vanessa Newman said: ‘‘We don’t charge you to come and exhibit your awesome hot rod, or vintage car at this event. It’s a low cost community event.’’
Steel ‘n’ Wheels has had registrations from exhibitors throughout the country, stretching from as far as the South Island.
Druyven said the event had attracted an estimated 23,000 people in the past, a number they wanted to improve on this year.
‘‘I hope this event will encourage more people [to come and bring their items and machines] because I know there is a whole lot more things in peoples sheds that aren’t coming out, or coming down,’’ said Druyven.
There will also be a car rally on the Saturday, April 29, for visitors who come early, which will see festival-goers explore Franklin.
In the future, Druyven said they would like to extend the event, making it a two to threeday festival and add more displays like swap meets.
‘‘We want to put Waiuku on the map.
‘‘We want this to become iconic for the betterment of Franklin, not only Waiuku.’’
The Nightmare dragster will wake you up during its two scheduled start ups at next month’s festival.