Sat­ur­day ain’t no day of rest in the Church of the Hop — it’s as full on as they come, and al­most all en­trants want a piece of the ac­tion. That starts in the morn­ing, with en­trants as­sem­bling en masse at either the Es­planade, for Ul­ti­mate Pass hold­ers, or the Whanga­mata Rugby Club, for Stan­dard Pass hold­ers. What fol­lows is a mega pa­rade of ve­hi­cles down the densely packed main drag of Whanga­mata, lead­ing per­fectly into the two largest car shows of the day — the full-on Meguiar’s Main Street Car Show, and the more laid-back Ford Car Show at the Es­planade and Wil­liamson Park end of town. How­ever, that’s far from it. Ba­si­cally, the en­tirety of Whanga­mata is taken over, with myr­iad sideshows to be found, in­clud­ing the Repco Pre ’49 Hot Rod Show, Har­ley-David­son Mo­tor­cy­cle Show, Petrol­head Vin­tage Mar­ket, Cool Clas­sic Car Show, Retro Car­a­van Show, and many more — a good ex­cuse to have grabbed an of­fi­cial Beach Hop pro­gramme to find ev­ery­thing on the map. So much to see, and so lit­tle time to do it!

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