Big Boys Toys truly wowed the crowds

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

Big Boys Toys roared back to the cen­tral North Is­land at the week­end for a sec­ond year, and did not dis­ap­point.

The only show out­side of Auck­land, it came with a lineup of in­ter­na­tional su­per­cars and freestyle mo­tocross su­per­stars.

Lo­cally raised FMX star Levi Sher­wood head­lined the three-day event, which opened last Friday at Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena along­side some of the rarest and most im­pres­sive cars in the world.

Show or­gan­iser Dean Wil­son said it was ‘‘guy heaven’’ – full of ve­hi­cles peo­ple could not hope to see any­where else.

Among the cars on dis­play was KITT the ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gent Pon­tiac Trans Am from 1980s TV show Knight Rider.

Join­ing the ‘self-aware’ KITT was the 2017 As­ton Martin DB11 su­per­car and a Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can, as well as a range of mus­cle cars, cus­tom cars, and mo­tor­bikes.

Wil­son was cer­tain the ve­hi­cles pulled in more than 10,000 peo­ple over the three days.

Mathew Atkin­son of Levin was in the crowd and im­pressed with the show.

‘‘It is pretty in­cred­i­ble. There is a great range of dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles.’’

Atkin­son said it was great to see the level of de­tail put into each car and to see his­tory on dis­play.

‘‘It starts with the dream ma­chines and comes back to the clas­sics.’’

Greg and Juliet Brodie came from Whanganui to bring their sons Benny, 4, and Conor, 7.

‘‘The boys love cars and mo­tor­bikes. They love com­ing to these sorts of things and see­ing all the dif­fer­ent types of race ve­hi­cles,’’ Greg Brodie said.

The show gave them a chance to see ve­hi­cles ‘‘you don’t see on the road ev­ery­day’’.

It was his first time at the show and Brodie said it was good to have Big Boys Toys at a venue closer than Auck­land.

Richard Har­ris of Palmer­ston North, brought his sons Tom, 14, and Sam, 10, along to check out the sights

‘‘There is cer­tainly a huge va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles and toys. I guess that’s why they call it Big Boys Toys.’’

Levi Sher­wood showed off his freestyle mo­tocross tal­ents.

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