Big Boys Toys truly wowed the crowds
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.