Engines ready to rev for weekend action

By Peter de Graaf

This weekend will be petrolhead heaven in the Mid North with two big classic car and hotrod events spread over three days.

On Friday and Saturday the Bay of Islands-based Kurbside Rodders will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a burger run, a ''show and shine'' and an Amazing Race-style poker run.

Car enthusiasts will barely have a chance to let their engines cool before Classics on Rainbow, a show and swap meet for cars and boats, kicks off on Sunday morning.

Previously held on Rainbow Falls Rd in Kerikeri, Classics on Rainbow will be held for the first time this year at the showgrounds in Waimate North.

Kurbside Rodders secretary Roz Adams said the club's 45 members, who were spread between the Bay of Islands, Hokianga and Kaitaia, had been polishing and tuning for weeks in preparation for the anniversary.

Kerikeri's main street would be closed from 9am to 1pm for the show and shine, which would feature hotrods and classic cars from all over the North Island, hourly rev-ups, live music and rock and roll dancers.

At 1pm, a poker run would see car lovers hunting for clues and completing challenges, eventually finishing at Kerikeri's Homestead Tavern for prizegiving.

Club members would then head to Waimate North on Sunday for the Classics on Rainbow show.

''It'll be a brilliant weekend for car enthusiasts,'' she said.

Classics on Rainbow organiser Justin Phillips said the event had been shifted to the showgrounds because it had outgrown its home of the past seven years on Rainbow Falls Rd.

This year's event would be combined with a boat and marine show founded last year as a fundraiser for Bay of Islands Riding for the Disabled.

Mr Phillips said he was hoping for 2500 people at the combined event. Visitors would be able to check out car and boat displays, swap car, bike and boat parts, browse trade stalls, listen to bands, and tuck into the food stalls. New attractions included a Miss Classics on Rainbow Pageant at noon in which prizes would be awarded for dressing in the era of the contestant's vehicle.

Proceeds would be split between the Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Association and Riding for the Disabled.

The Kurbside Rodders are also running a school colouring competition with the three category winners getting a ride to school on Friday in a hotrod.

- Northern Advocate

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