It was an epic day of noise-filled action at Tui Brewery on a recent Sunday, for the Mangatainoka Motors Hot Rod vs V8 Day.
The weather gods warded off stormy weather, with over 200 people attending in cloudy conditions to check out the roaring engines and attitude-filled displays.
Over 40 impressive hot rod and V8 beauties were on show, some travelling from as far away as Napier, for the second Mangatainoka Motors Show & Shine event of 2020.
There was a wide range of makes, models, sizes and colours to impress the spectators and participants, who enjoyed the music and refreshments on offer, and made the most of the photo opportunity in front of the famous Tui Tower.
This was the first time that Hot Rods and V8s had been brought together to sit side by side at Tui Brewery for one event.
Event organiser Kate Steminger said, "Given the foul weather that was forecast, we're thrilled with the turnout. The variety we could show, with both V8s and hot rods was brilliant, and made for some great displays.
"People have said that they've loved an excuse to get their vehicles out of the garage and head to Mangatainoka, and now that we've back in level 1, we're full steam ahead for our remaining Toki Motors events."
Motoring expert Richard Bosselman, editor for MotoringNZ.com and contributor for Top Gear NZ magazine, and Kerry "Chic Pics" Keeys from Petrolhead and NZ Rodder magazines judged the line-up of vehicles, dishing out a total of seven prizes.
This included Furthest Travelled, which went to Matthew Adams with his 2004 Holden Commodore SS, who travelled down from Napier especially for the event. Peter Ayers picked up the highly sought-after $500 haul for Star of the Show for his 1956 Ford F100.
Over $400 was raised towards the Mangatainoka Reserve Restoration Project which the Tui Brewery have been investing in for the last two years.
Two Wheels Day is the next Mangatainoka Motors Show & Shine event, which will take place over Labour weekend, on Sunday, October 25.
■ Prize winners
Most Original: Paul James for his 1970 Ford F250. People's Choice: Rob Service for his 1975 Ford Thunderbird. Local Star: Laura Thompson for her 1964 Pontiac Catalina. Furthest Travelled: Matthew Adams with his 2004 Holden Commodore SS, who travelled down from Napier specially for the event. Best V8: Tony Fitzgerald for his 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO. Best Hot Rod: Peter Maxwell for his 1930 Model A Ford. Star of the Show: Peter Ayers for his 1956 Ford F100.