Yank tanks all set to thrill

Upper Hutt Leader - - CONVERSATIONS - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

The Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Day will bring a change of pace at Tren­tham race­course on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, but horse power will still be what counts most

Or­gan­ised by the Up­per Hutt-based Moon­shine Rod and Cus­tom Club, the day is al­ways pop­u­lar.

More than 5000 peo­ple came along in good weather last year, one of the big­gest turnouts since the event’s 1999 start-up.

Hard­core fans of Amer­i­can mus­cle cars, hot rods and Har­ley David­sons will be more than happy.

More than 600 clas­sic ma­chines ex­pected on dis­play from the day’s 10am open­ing.

Amer­i­can ve­hi­cles among the lineup will range from old Model As through to the lat­est of­fer­ings from Dodge, Ford, Chevro­let and Har­ley David­son.

Welling­ton’s big­gest hot rod meet­ing al­ways fea­tures plenty of USA-themed side events and en­ter­tain­ment too.

Th­ese in­clude plenty of live mu­sic, a large num­ber of trade dis­plays, chil­dren’s rides, a hot dog eat­ing con­test and the al­ways pop­u­lar ’’Miss Moon­shine Pin Up Fash­ion Pa­rade’’.

Long es­tab­lished as one of the North Is­land’s big­gest car events, the Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Day is the big hap­pen­ing of the year for the Moon­shine Rod and Cus­tom Club.

The club started in 1988 and, to­day, is based at clu­b­rooms in Har­court Pk, north of Up­per Hutt.

Pro­ceeds from the Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Day will go to for the Prostate Cancer Foun­da­tion of New Zealand.

En­try on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 is from Race­course Rd, Tren­tham. Gates open at 10am. Ad­mis­sion is $10 for adults with un­der-15s ad­mit­ted for free.

Up­per Hutt’s Al­lan Hartley with his big block Chev pow­ered drag­ster at the 2016 Amer­i­can Ve­hi­cle Day.

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