Basis events diary
What’s happening near you
First Sunday of every month: Breakfast with the Cars
Village Green, Marsden Rd, Paihia, 8.30am to 10am. If it’s got wheels and it’s a bit different, we want to see it. Enquiries to Tracy on 0274 983 557, or email Bay of Islands Wine Tours at email@example.com.
Last Sunday of every month: Caffeine and Classics
Protecta Insurance brings you Caffeine and Classics — a monthly brunch open to all vehicles and held on the last Sunday of each month at Smales Farm, just 5km north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From 9am to 12pm.
Last Thursday of every month: Hamilton Cock and Bull Classic Car Cruise-in
Held from 5pm onwards, sponsored prizes, discounted drinks, platters. All welcome, car going or not. Come and meet like-minded people. To make an enquiry, phone Archie on 07 855 1071, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. May 30–June 1: Queen’s Birthday at Queen’s Wharf
Queen’s Birthday at Queens Wharf is a free annual event that brings the best bits of Great Britain to downtown Auckland in a three-day event attracting more than 80,000 people. As part of the celebration, British sports, music, objects, food, culture, and machines are all displayed throughout Shed 10, The Cloud, and Queens Wharf and shared with the attending public. Cars are the jewel in the crown of this event, with vehicles spanning 100 years of British motoring history being displayed by retailers and clubs. New Mclaren, Bentley, and Aston Martin models share floor space with old MGS, Daimlers, Minis, a double-decker London bus and brand-new Jaguars. Places are available for British car clubs now. To book a space to display your vehicles, email email@example.com. July 15–17: Gore Vintage Car Club 50th Anniversary
The Gore branch of the Vintage Car Club cordially invites all past and present members and supporters to attend the club’s 50th anniversary celebrations. On Friday, there’ll be a ‘noggin and natter’; on Saturday, a rally and dinner; and, on Sunday morning, tea and a farewell. To register your interest or for further information, phone Keith or Linda Nunn on 03 208 5403. July 17: 36th Central North Island Swap Meet and Car Show
To be held at Paradise Valley Raceway, the event will feature vintage, veteran, and classic cars, and hot rods. Open 7am–3pm. Hot food and refreshments available. This year, there will be a limited number of extra indoor sellers’ sites available. For site enquiries, contact Neville Harper, ph. 0274 947 249, or for more info, search ‘Central North Island Swap Meet & Car Show’ on Facebook. August 27: Alfa Romeo Owners Club Driver Experience 2016
Bruce Mclaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, from 8am. Come and enjoy this noncompetitive event designed to appeal to everyone wanting or needing track time, from newcomers to experienced racers. Seize this opportunity to see how you and your car perform at a safe and low-cost event. Drivers will be separated into groups with similar experience and similarly paced cars. Track-craft and driver training will be available from experienced race drivers. Safety equipment required includes helmets, pure cotton overalls (no poly blends), and closed footwear. All road cars must have a current WOF and race cars a logbook. All cars will be scrutineered. There will be lunch-time parade laps behind pace car (free, by invitation). BYO food and drink or purchase from cart at the track. Entry fee: $100 per driver, or $80 if you bring another person willing to help marshal (no experience necessary). Social wind down: after the track closes, relive the day at the Ploughmans Restaurant, 45 Charles Crescent, Taupo. Cash bar/ food. No need to book. All entries must be received by Saturday, August 20. For more information go to arocnz.org.nz or phone 07 576 6737.