A fun weekend out filled with cars, fashion, music and markets is just around the corner.

The Rebel Round Up is tomorrow and Sunday at Arawa Park Racecourse. Gates open 8am both days.

Throughout the weekend there will be a car show of traditional and radical hot rods (rat rods), vintage markets, the Classic Cover Primer Nationals, a Pin Up pageant and a Rockabilly Music Festival.

This will the first time Rebel Round Up has had a pageant and 10 women have qualified, including two locals - Monica Harvey (Miss Pearl Jones) and Alice Guy (Miss Smokey Buchanan).


Organiser Brett Forlong said it would be the second Rebel Round Up they had held, with one in October.

They decided to move it to March to coincide with Whangamata's Beach Hop and hoped to catch people travelling north.

Mr Forlong said pre-registrations for the car show had exceeded 60 so far, though people didn't have to pre-register.

"The whole idea was to bring something unique to Rotorua and something unique to the New Zealand car show scene."

Mr Forlong said with the support of the locals they hoped to develop it into an international festival.

Organiser Jess Caulfield said she loved the fashion of the 50s and 60s, and doing her hair and make-up in that era's style.

"I love the community that has evolved in New Zealand. We have met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends as part of the Pin Up community."

Mr Forlong said he liked the creativeness of the hot rodding custom car community.


They encouraged people to come along to the family fun event.

There will be a free bus running between the racecourse and Eat Streat from 11am to 3pm on both days.

There is also a car cruise tour today around the lake, departing from the racecourse at 12.30pm, with a park-up at the Village Green after.

Tickets for the band shows can only be bought during the day.

For more information visit the Rebel Round Up (Round Two) Facebook page.

The details:
- What: Rebel Round Up
- Where: Arawa Park Racecourse
- When: Tomorrow 8am to 4pm and Sunday 8am to 3pm
- Cost: $8 adults, children under-10 free with paying adult. Door sales only. Admission is payable by eftpos and cash