The annual Bay Automotive Swap Meet and Car Display was held at the weekend, with car enthusiasts coming from around the North Island.

President of Bay Rodders Dean Anderson said they expected about 250 cars to attend the event.

"It was down a wee bit this year because it was supposed to be bad weather, it's pretty hard driving in the rain," he said.

However, Tauranga's weather held out, and provided a warm and dry event for those who attended.


"It was really good, quite warm for a change," he said.

They held their car display completely undercover, whereas most swaps around the country were held outside, which meant they would be cancelled if the weather was bad. "So people come from quite a way away as they know it's definitely going to happen. There was a good turn-out from the public too."

Mr Anderson said cars, drivers and passengers had come from all over to attend.

"We had cars from Whangarei, even Gisborne. We had the hot rod run yesterday, and put them on display today [Sunday]," he said. "It's a real social gathering."

Unfortunately because he was running the event, Mr Anderson had to leave his cars in his shed.

Tauranga local Jeremy Michael Nagle brought along his pride and joy, a 1935 Buick with a fuel-injected smallblock and airbag suspension.

"We're members of Bay Rodders and we've been going to swap meets and car displays for a few years," he said.

"There is always something different, different cars, a lot of guys from out of town, from all over the place."

He said the weekend events included a big fancy dress party on Saturday night, which he said was "really good".

Mr Nagle said one of his favourite cars he saw in the weekend was a rat rod (a style of car that imitates the early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s and early-1960s), made by a local Tauranga man.

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