LIFE’S A BEACH —

REPCO BEACH HOP 18

NZV8 - - CONTENTS - WORDS: CON­NAL GRACE

What can we say about the an­nual Beach Hop fes­ti­val that hasn’t al­ready been said? It’s an event that should need no in­tro­duc­tion, and is un­equiv­o­cally the big­gest au­to­mo­tive event of any sort in this coun­try of ours. This year marked the 18th con­sec­u­tive Beach Hop fes­ti­val, and the eighth with nam­ing-rights spon­sor Repco on board — a strong sign that Noddy Watts and the crew be­hind it have well and truly found their groove. The es­tab­lished for­mula sees a five-day fes­ti­val that never gets te­dious or over­whelm­ing, sim­ply be­cause of how well planned it all is. How­ever, what you can’t plan for is the weather, and, with a dodgy-look­ing fore­cast, all we could do this year was hope and pray. It must have worked, be­cause we were treated to a stun­ning week re­flec­tive of the tra­di­tional Kiwi sum­mer. So, with­out fur­ther ado, we present to you the best of Repco Beach Hop 18!

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