Cut and craft to com­pete in the card­board rally

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RUWADE BRYANT

Get ready, get set, cre­ate - this is the in­au­gu­ral Pukekohe Card­board Car Rally, which is set to liven up Pukekohe Town Square on Novem­ber 3.

Young­sters from through­out the district will be cut­ting, con­nect­ing and craft­ing card­board to make cars that they will use to com­pete for ma­jor prizes and spot prizes at this year’s de­but event.

There are three cat­e­gories: pre school, pri­mary school and in­ter­me­di­ate school.

In each cat­e­gory, there will be $500 up for grabs, which will go to the win­ner’s school, along with 10 tro­phies and medals.

The rules are sim­ple; the cars must be ‘wear­able’, be made from at least 80 per cent card­board and con­structed by the en­trant.

The card­board crafted cars will then be show­cased, judged and raced around a des­ig­nated course set out in the Pukekohe Town Square, which will also con­tain pit lanes.

Among the judges - who will be scor­ing the cars on their orig- in­al­ity and creativ­ity - are Franklin Lo­cal Board deputy chair Andy Baker and four-time win­ner of the Bathurst 1000, Greg Mur­phy.

The rally came about after a group of like minded busi­ness own­ers, part of a group called Franklin Brekkie and Busi­ness, be­came fed up with lo­cals skip­ping the town dur­ing the week­end of the ITM Auck­land Su­per­sprint, and de­cided that Pukekohe needed some­thing that would in­flu­ence their stay.

‘‘Three years ago our busi­ness dur­ing the V8s, that Satur­day night, was prob­a­bly the busiest trade of the year. The last V8 Satur­day we had was qui­eter then our nor­mal Satur­day,’’ said Lone Star owner and Franklin Brekkie and Busi­ness mem­ber Alofa Glas.

‘‘Busi­nesses can do a lot more

‘‘Pukekohe is a great place to be. We've got ev­ery­thing you need here.’’

in terms of em­brac­ing the V8s com­ing to Pukekohe, and be­ing proud that we can host it and mak­ing the most of the peo­ple com­ing here.’’

Glas said they were also try­ing to or­gan­ise clas­sic cars and hot rods to line King St for fam­ily mem­bers and kids to view.

‘‘We need to try and keep Pukekohe res­i­dents in Pukekohe dur­ing the V8s,’’ said Glas.

‘‘Pukekohe is a great place to be ... we’ve got ev­ery­thing you need here.’’

The event starts 4:30pm and will go till 6:30pm. To en­ter visit their Facebook page.

There is $1500 up for grabs, along with 10 tro­phies and a se­lec­tion of medals.

The Pukekohe Card­board Car Rally will be a fun day the whole fam­ily can en­joy.

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