Pride of the south

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It doesn’t seem too long ago that I was mak­ing my way down to Nel­son for the V 4&Ro­tary South Is­land Champs, held Novem­ber 8–9. I am lit­er­ally still buzzing from the trip, which was my first-ever ex­pe­di­tion to that large piece of land mass south of the North Is­land. I man­aged to get a bit of sight­see­ing in af­ter Fri­day’s photo shoots, and I drove out to the Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park for a quick walk, pho­tos, and a well-de­served mocha. Just as I thought the day was over, NZPC pho­tog­ra­pher and Nel­son lo­cal, Mikey May­ers, gave me a call and in­vited me out to what he de­scribed as some­thing I ‘had to see’. So 11pm came around, I jumped into what would soon be Daily Driven for Is­sue No. 217, and we made our way out to the first ‘spot’. Upon ar­rival my mind was com­pletely blown, there were lit­er­ally hun­dreds of highly mod­i­fied cars parked up at the lo­cal meet-up point. Peo­ple were just hang­ing around, hav­ing a good time, and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the wild rides that made it out for the cruise.

Af­ter a very strong po­lice pres­ence made it­self known, peo­ple scat­tered and con­tin­ued cruis­ing through­out the night, meet­ing up at the beach, or cruis­ing Nel­son’s spec­tac­u­lar roads. This kind of stuff was once the back­bone of our scene, but doesn’t seem to hap­pen up here in Auck­land much any more — and if it did, peo­ple wouldn’t be so well be­haved. It was a real eye-opener to see so many laid-back car en­thu­si­asts. One thing I did no­tice at this meet was the amount of girls there — I’d say it was 70 per cent male and 30 per cent fe­male; if you go to a car meet in Auck­land you’re lucky to see a hand­ful of fe­male car en­thu­si­asts.

Speak­ing of which, it’s time to get those builds ready for sum­mer, Auck­land — I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting in­volved in some of the ex­cit­ing stuff that we have go­ing on up here.

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