SCHOOL-YARD DREAMS

MANY SCHOOL KIDS HAVE DREAMED OF FIELDS OF CARS, BUT, FOR ONE LUCKY PARA­PA­RAUMU SCHOOL, IT’S AN AN­NUAL RE­AL­ITY!

NZV8 - - EVENT REPORT - WORDS AND PHO­TOS: TODD WYLIE

The guys and girls at Gear Jam­mers Rod and Mus­cle Car Club are a pretty easy-go­ing bunch, but, once a year, things get se­ri­ous for them — and that’s in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of their big an­nual event. This year’s show, held on March 18 at Kapiti Pri­mary School, went by the name of ‘All Fired Up’ and graced every me­tre of the school field. Over the past few years, the laid-back gath­er­ing has ce­mented it­self as a ‘must-at­tend’ if you’re any­where near the lower North, and now, hav­ing been there our­selves, we to­tally un­der­stand why. The for­mat is sim­ple: either rock up when you please, or join in the cruise from South­ward Car Mu­seum, park up with your mates, roll out the pic­nic blan­ket if you’re that way in­clined, talk shit, look at cars, and en­joy. Of course, you can al­ways also par­take in the var­i­ous raf­fles, en­ter in rocker-cover rac­ing, or throw the kids on the back of a pickup for some laps of the field, if any of that takes your fancy. The ever-pop­u­lar retro fash­ion show is an­other great way to waste away the day, and en­trant num­bers were high this year, both for adults and kids. That wasn’t the only on-stage ac­tion, though, with a band play­ing some good old-fash­ioned tunes through­out the day, adding to the al­ready cruisy at­mos­phere. Come mid­day, things were set to change, with a mass fire-up — al­though it seemed most were happy just to keep their en­gines off while they en­joyed the day. With such a huge turnout of cars, it took hours to get around the venue to see them all. In fact, if the event gets any larger, the club may need to look at an al­ter­na­tive, larger venue — and, judg­ing by the feed­back on the day, it’s def­i­nitely set to get big­ger. We’re sure, though, that the Gear Jam­mers team will take it all in their stride and rise to the oc­ca­sion.

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