Cruise reaches its 10th year

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Te Aroha res­i­dent Colin Turner is a mo­tor en­thu­si­ast from way back.

Since the in­cep­tion of the Aroha Cruise In 10 years ago, he has looked for­ward to rid­ing along Whi­taker St on his mo­bil­ity scooter, mar­vel­ling at and check­ing out the clas­sic cars, trucks, mo­tor­bikes and car­a­vans on dis­play.

‘‘I wouldn’t miss it for the world,’’ he said.

Thou­sands of peo­ple cruised into Te Aroha on Satur­day for the 10th An­nual Aroha Cruise In.

Aroha Cruise In was started by two men who were car en­thu­si­asts, mu­si­cians and proud Te Aroha peo­ple.

Their mis­sion was to put on an event that show­cased not only the clas­sic cars, bikes and hot-rods on dis­play but also the town.

Vol­un­teers formed a com­mit­tee made up of lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple and Te Aroha iden­ti­ties and the Aroha Cruise In was formed.

This year Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity ’’Fletch’’ from the pro­gramme, Clas­sic Restos, re­turned to re­port on the event.

Fletch is well-known for his YouTube videos, re­port­ing on sto­ries from around Aus­tralia and the world, from car shows to au­to­mo­tive mu­se­ums, to re­veal clas­sic cars and their own­ers’ sto­ries.

New Zealand tele­vi­sion show, Teng Tools Mus­cle Garage, also filmed at the Aroha Cruise In on Satur­day and an episode fea­tur­ing the event was dur to screen on TV 3 from Oc­to­ber 15.

Aroha Cruise In co-or­di­na­tor and sec­re­tary Sarah Mate­feo-Ross said the day was sim­ply amaz­ing and an awe­some way for her to fin­ish up as co-or­di­na­tor.

‘‘The weather was great and re­ally helped,’’ she said.

‘‘En­tries were on a par with last year, but we felt like the peo­ple in at­ten­dance had grown sub­stan­tially.’’

For the first time, there was a colour­ing in com­pe­ti­tion with en­tries re­ceived from chil­dren from Te Aroha Pri­mary School, El­stow-Wai­hou School and St Joseph’s Te Aroha.

‘‘We had some re­ally great feed­back from the day, it all went smoothly and it was a great way ❚ Best Cus­tom: Sil­ver Chevro­let Im­pala ‘‘KUEPID’’ ❚ Best Clas­sic: Green 956 Stude­baker Sky Hawk ‘‘HIS 56’’ ❚ Best Hot Rod: Green 33 Ford ‘‘GCF34’’ ❚ Best Pick Up: 47 Chevro­let Red Pick up - ‘‘TOMATO’’ ❚ Best Car and Car­a­van: 1959 Chevro­let Im­palan ‘‘59V8’’ and 1976 Lil­liput Gazelle ❚ Best En­gine: Black 57 Chevro­let ‘‘ZCHEV’’ ❚ Best work in Progress: Sil­ver / Black 47 Chevro­let Truck ❚ Best Car Club: Ocean­side Streetrods, Mount Man­ganui ❚ Judges Choice: 55 To­rana Hatch ‘‘TUF350’’ ❚ Peo­ples Choice, Car and Car­a­van: 1928 Anglia Show­man Car­a­van ‘‘6P728’’ and 1956 Chevro­let 1300 Step­side ‘‘US1CON’’ ❚ Peo­ple Choice Voter win­ner: Danelle Chap­man, Thames for me to fin­ish up as co­or­di­na­tor,’’ Mate­feo-Ross said.

It was Mate­feo-Ross’ fifth year or­gan­is­ing the event and her fi­nal.

She was hop­ing to fo­cus on other busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties but said the event would re­main un­der the Te Aroha Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Aroha Cruise In com­mit­tee is cur­rently look­ing for some­one else to take over the run­ning of the Aroha Cruise In for 2018, so if you think you have what it takes, email crui­sein@busi­ness.tearoha.com

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