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t says some­thing about an event that it keeps grow­ing, and, with more than 500 com­peti­tors tak­ing part in 2017, the au­to­mo­tive com­mu­nity is def­i­nitely em­brac­ing AutoFest. The brain­child of long-time en­thu­si­asts — yes, that’s a po­lite way of say­ing they’re old! — Alan and Pare To­gia of Down­time En­ter­tain­ment, Autofest set out to give the Waikato its own event with a re­laxed fam­ily-driven at­mos­phere.

One com­mon ob­ser­va­tion of events so far this year is that the car-club scene ap­pears to be grow­ing in strength; with 26 clubs reg­is­ter­ing for this event, it is clear to us here at NZPer­for­manceCar that peo­ple are firmly em­brac­ing the con­cept of work­ing to­gether, sup­port­ing each other through builds and a shared pas­sion for cars, and then tak­ing ad­van­tage of any day when a club can come to­gether and be sur­rounded by like-minded peers. NZ Fi­jian Cars trav­elled in force and grabbed some more tro­phies from the Mo­tul In­door Zone, in­clud­ing Best Club, nar­rowly beat­ing Tau­ranga Evo­lu­tion, which brought in a nice mix of the di­a­mond flavour, and Old­skool Rydz, with nearly 30 low-rid­ers.

Out­side in the Burg­erFuel arena, it was the first ma­jor event for lo­cal crews Low Down Car Club, Waikato Mod­i­fied Car Club, and Girls in Motorsport, while RNR Per­for­mance, Dis­rup­tive Car Club, Kus­tom Per­for­mance, and South Bound Car Club all trav­elled out of Auck­land for the first time to join reg­u­lars Un­tamed Motorsport, Holden 8 Bangerz, CJC, Project, and Cho­sen Few, in what can only be de­scribed as a fes­tive at­mos­phere.

Tak­ing a look around at the in­di­vid­ual pre­mium en­tries in­side, it was clear that pure show cars have be­come some­thing of a rar­ity, with most pack­ing ma­jor use­able power that sees ei­ther the drag strip or race­track. One no­table ex­cep­tion to this was the low ’n’ slow cruis­ing style of Dan Jones and his im­mac­u­late gold ’63 Bel Air, which was judged over­all win­ner of the show. In sec­ond place was Jase Brown’s Franken­stein drift mon­ster, which looks

Sambo wasn’t hold­ing back, smash­ing the gas and re­fus­ing to lift un­til the tyres were an­ni­hi­lated. In­stantly deaf­en­ing and with mas­sive smoke pro­duc­tion, his skids were good enough to take sec­ond place

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