CRUISIN’ FOR A CURE

CAL­I­FOR­NIA’S OR­ANGE COUNTY CON­JURES UP THOUGHTS OF BLAZ­ING SUN AND SUM­MER DAYS, AND THAT’S WHAT CRUISIN’ FOR A CURE OF­FERS — ALONG­SIDE RAIS­ING AWARE­NESS FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE

NZV8 - - CONTENTS - WORDS AND PHO­TOS: NODDY WATTS

As the pri­mary driv­ing force be­hind the world fa­mous Repco Beach Hop fes­ti­val, Noddy Watts is a man who needs no in­tro­duc­tion in this magazine. How­ever, dur­ing the 360-odd days of the year that Beach Hop isn’t tak­ing place, Noddy can be found play­ing tour guide for groups of peo­ple lucky enough to se­cure a spot on his Ki­wis on Tour trips. All of those US tours are based around a ma­jor car show, with the Ki­wis on Tour West Coaster tour based on the an­nual Cruisin’ for a Cure show. Held at the im­pres­sive Or­ange County fair­grounds, this is the world’s largest one-day char­ity car show, with well over 3000 cars in at­ten­dance. Since Noddy’s the driv­ing force be­hind these tours, we fig­ure it’s best to hand the nar­ra­tion reins over to him right about now … This was the third time that we’ve taken the tour there, and it has quickly be­come my favourite event in the SoCal area. Why? Well, first of all, it’s for a great cause that we can all re­late to — prostate can­cer. There is free prostate-speci­f­i­canti­gen (PSA) test­ing at the show, and the line to get tested this year was long — which was im­pres­sive, con­sid­er­ing the ‘long blue glove’ stigma most blokes as­so­ci­ate with the test.

You might also no­tice that the show has the word ‘Cruisin’’ in its name, and that’s just what the cars do. A cruise route is marked out within the show­grounds so that cars can cut a few laps be­fore re­turn­ing to their park. It’s a great way to see it all, just sit­ting there and watch­ing the cars cruise by. With ev­ery­thing you could imag­ine, from ground-thump­ing blown Hemi street gassers to se­date stock­ers, there is al­ways some­thing to keep that smile on your face.

This year saw a big im­prove­ment, with live mu­sic in three dif­fer­ent en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas, plus an awe­some a cap­pella group mov­ing around and break­ing into song. The mu­sic was first class, and cov­ered a great va­ri­ety, in­clud­ing Mo­town, rock ’n’ roll, and coun­try rock. It was all too easy to sit there in the warm Cal­i­for­nian sun, lis­ten to the mu­sic, en­joy a cold adult bev­er­age, and watch the cars go by.

One par­tic­u­lar high­light among the many was the Meguiar’s Hangar. This is a large in­door build­ing dis­play­ing elite cars and bikes, many of which have been seen in mag­a­zines and on TV shows. The amaz­ing thing is that these cars aren’t roped off, so the large crowd can get up close and per­sonal to them.

Arlen Ness had a hand­ful of his in­cred­i­ble mo­tor­cy­cles on show in­side the hangar — if you’re not fa­mil­iar with them, these are true pieces of art. We also wit­nessed the un­veil­ing of a ’56 Chev built by RMD Garage, as seen on the Ve­loc­ity TV chan­nel. The young owner, who works as a de­signer for Nike, was speech­less when the cov­ers came off the Chev.

Also lo­cated in­side the hangar were a panel of six icons from the US car scene, in­clud­ing Repco Beach Hop 15 guest, and host of Meguiar’s Car Crazy,

Barry Meguiar, and John D’Agostino, who had two amaz­ing cars on show and is bust­ing to get to Repco Beach Hop 19 next year. Mem­bers of the

panel were each in­ter­viewed about their his­tory, where they’re at now, and what they feel that our car life­style will look like in the fu­ture. Very en­ter­tain­ing with plenty of laughs is the best way to de­scribe the panel with these leg­ends.

True to form, this year’s Cruisin’ for a Cure show was held on the fourth week­end of Septem­ber, giv­ing a bonus in terms of the weather — it’s not too hot, un­like when many shows are held, ear­lier in the year. We’re look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing in 2020 with our next West Coaster tour!

If you’re in­ter­ested in head­ing along to the next one, or check­ing out the Ki­wis on Tour pack­ages, visit ki­wison­tour.com.

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