Range of rides at Mount Hardpark

Hawk Runningbear and his 2005 Nissan Fairlady Z. Photos: Chris Callinan.

Yesterday’s Mount Hardpark 2016 event attracted a range of car enthusiasts and spectators, keen to see the rides on offer.

There were drift trikes, four-wheel drives, dragsters, and beautiful cars from America and Japan on display at ASB Baypark in Tauranga.

Hawk Runningbear – son of a Navajo mother and Rhodesian father, hence the name – was at the show with his pride and joy, a 2005 Nissan Fairlady Z.

“It was a car from Tokyo Drift that wasn’t used in the movie. I met a guy up in Auckland who was bringing it in. He bought it in Japan, and I bought it off him straight away as soon as it landed.”

He says it the sort of car he’s always wanted.

“It’s got all the power you want, all the accessories. It can do 300 km/h, although I find the roads here are too small to open it up fully.”

Hawk works at the Port of Tauranga, and does his daily commute in the car. Naturally, it gets a lot of attention.

“A lot of people ask me if I want to sell it,” he says, although he adds he’d rather hold on to it, and maybe pass it down.

He reckons the show had a wide selection of vehicles to look at.

“There was a good range. Not just American cars, but a bit of everything. It think that’s how the shows should be.”

Check out the photos below, and if you have any of your own, feel free to share them on our Facebook page.

Stacey Price and her co-pilot friend Bella, a Japanese Spitz, in the cockpit of the dragster Stacey drives.

Ruby Trueman (6) on board a Drift Trike. Says she wants Santa to bring her one next Christmas.

Onlookers get an eye and earful as one of the noisier cars cranks up its engine.


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