Jazzy buzz with show of vintage models

By Rebecca Cawston

A car show of vintage models will fit right in with the jazzy buzz in Tauranga on Easter weekend.

The annual weekend-long Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club Easter parade and open day takes place on Saturday and Sunday in and around Tauranga city and the flavour is the early 1900s.

It's the perfect match, says parade facilitator Irene Hill. The jazz festival largely caters to the New Orleans jazz era ... "when our cars were being born".

So the club has a parade and display through Tauranga city streets of at least 20 antique, brass and nickel cars (vehicles that come from the era prior to the use of chrome and plastic).

Expect to see beautiful restored vintage vehicles from all over the country including local cars. A special treat will be the world's oldest licensed bus - a 1915 Renault Charabanc called Angelique - transported to the venue from Auckland.

Spectators coming to the display from 4pm are encouraged to don costume of the era if they wish.

The weekend winds down on Sunday with an open day at the Cliff Rd clubrooms for pre-1983 vehicles - expect to see all sorts including motorcycles.

Mrs Hill says car enthusiasts may be surprised to learn of the various classifications within their club. There are a range of different eras that vehicles fall under, and many vehicle owners may be eligible to join their club.

March 30: Easter parade and display. Parade starts 10am at the Cliff Rd clubrooms (refer map) to Brown St, Cameron Rd, Ninth Ave, back down Cameron Rd, Elizabeth St, Devonport Rd to The Strand, Wharf St, Willow St for display in Spring St until 4pm.

March 31: from 10am is a relaxing, jazzy day at the clubrooms open to all, with a focus on pre-1983 vehicles. Bring a picnic.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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