HAN­MER MOTORFEST

New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and photos: Trevor Stan­ley-joblin

On Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 25, the third Han­mer Springs Motorfest was held un­der bril­liant sun­shine, with the tem­per­a­ture hov­er­ing around the 28 to 31°C mark. What a day! Clas­sic cars, utes, trucks, campers — they were all there, hosted by the Fal­con Fair­lane Club of Christchurch, at the Han­mer Springs Do­main on Jacks Pass Road.

The in­au­gu­ral event was held in 2015 and at­tracted 218 ve­hi­cles. For 2016, this al­most dou­bled to 421. This time around, 490 reg­is­tered, as it is rapidly gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing an event the whole fam­ily can en­joy.

And it wasn’t all about the clas­sics. There were many stalls sell­ing a va­ri­ety of mer­chan­dise — my favourite was the back-in-vogue colour­ful dresses of the 1950–’60s pe­riod. Long may this trend con­tinue, please!

The event is the brain­child of Fiona Mclachlan, who says it was born on the way home from the Kaik­oura Hop in 2014 when she and her part­ner John spoke about Han­mer Springs as be­ing the ideal lo­ca­tion for a gath­er­ing of this type. After all, Han­mer is one of the South Is­land’s top tourist des­ti­na­tions, with many at­trac­tions, but the main fo­cus is on the ther­mal hot-wa­ter pools. At any time of the year, you can count around 20 to 30 camper­vans parked in the pic­turesque twin- road tree-lined main street.

De­spite the abun­dance of mo­tels in Han­mer and a lovely camp­ing ground ad­ja­cent to the do­main, which flows nicely into the grounds, ac­com­mo­da­tion at was at a pre­mium on the last week­end in Fe­bru­ary. Many fam­i­lies stayed overnight to en­joy the hot pools on Sun­day morn­ing, lunch­ing at one of the many cafes, bars, restau­rants be­fore re­turn­ing home late af­ter­noon. What a great week­end.

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