Mo­torama revs up for another show

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

One of the Waikato’s big­gest auto shows will show off hun­dreds of clas­sic cars. Mor­rinsville’s Yan­kee Haulers Hot Rod Club is stag­ing its eighth an­nual Mo­torama on the weekend of Fe­bru­ary 8-9.

Club pres­i­dent Todd Sher­burd said the event has been a con­tin­ued suc­cess story for hot rod and clas­sic cars, get­ting big­ger and bet­ter.

A mo­tor show was orig­i­nally hosted in Mor­rinsville for a num­ber of years by the Austin Healey Club.

‘‘This event was held on the same site and at­tracted a small num­ber of ex­hibitors,’’ Mr Sher­burd said.

Yan­kee Haulers were asked if it would take over the ad­min­is­tra­tion and con­tin­u­a­tion of the event.

A com­mit­tee was formed and the name changed to Mo­torama.

With lit­tle known about host­ing a car show, Mr Sher­burd said the club got into gear and in 2007 held the first Mo­torama. Staged at the polo grounds, the Mo­torama has grown from 100 dis­play cars to over 750 cars, bikes and trucks.

Mr Sher­burd said pub­lic num­bers have con­tin­ued to rise each year as more peo­ple put the Mo­torama on their an­nual cal­en­dar.

‘‘About 5000 peo­ple come through the gates,’’ he said.

‘‘The Mo­torama is a celebration of all types of cars. It is open to any­thing that is unique, from T buck­ets to Jaguar xj6, steam cars to 2013 FPV.’’

Ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions over the weekend in­clude a get to­gether and poker run cruise on the Satur­day, fol­lowed by a light­hearted prize­giv­ing.

The evening pro­gramme again in­cludes a drive-in movie at the same venue, with a ‘‘big rig night glow’’ on be­fore the clas­sic trucker film Con­voy.

Each year Yan­kee Haulers add to the pro­gramme, with the mo­tor show on the Sun­day fea­tur­ing the in­au­gu­ral Miss Retro Mo­torama pageant.

The host club has given a pro­por­tion of the prof­its from the day to lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and the West­pac Waikato Air Am­bu­lance.

‘‘This year we ex­pect to give to other lo­cal com­mu­nity groups who rely on lo­cal funds to keep go­ing,’’ Mr Sher­burd said.

Yan­kee Haulers is made up of about 60 mem­bers.

‘‘Most of the cars are from the mus­cle car era and ear­lier,’’ he said. Bugatti has launched a belt and it wants about NZ$125,000 for it. The buckle was made by Geneva-based be­spoke watch maker Roland Iten and a to­tal of 44 are planned, of which 11 have al­ready been com­pleted. They fea­ture white gold de­tail­ing which will dif­fer­en­ti­ate them from the fol­low­ing se­ries of 11 which will use rose gold. Ev­i­dently it’s a pre­ci­sion in­stru­ment that uses 100 hand-crafted com­po­nents to help you slip it through the loops of your Le­vis and make it nice and snug. Jeez.

Photo: FAIR­FAX NZ

BIG­GER AND BET­TER: John Car­tright is among the en­thu­si­asts tak­ing part in the Mor­rinsville Mo­torama event next month.

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