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Taking Brits to the Beach – really!

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Whangamata’s Brits at the Beach festival is gearing up for this September – but this year cars will be lined up at a new location.

Main organiser Colin McCabe says the original site at Williamson Park posed a problem this year – the facility is receiving an upgrade.

This shiny red Jowett Jupiter hit Brits at the Beach last year. Photo: Pete Stretch Photography

So come September 29, when the festival – which celebrates all things British motoring – revs up it will now be hosted at Beach Rd and Titoki Park down by Whangamata’s wharf.

Colin says Thames-Coromandel District Council advised him the park upgrade would be completed by November. “So the rush was on to find a suitable alternative.” One option was to cancel the event.

“But this was quickly disregarded as the event, in its seventh year, brings about $2 million to the local economy at a time when it’s desperately needed – so, as they say: ‘the show must go on’.”

Sites considered included the local rugby grounds, Island View Park and Whangamata’s main street.

But Beach Rd and Titoki Park by Whangamata’s wharf was chosen. “The best part is that we really are taking Brits to the beach,” says Colin.

“Any closer and we’d be in the water. I envisage this year being a Brits Picnic at the Beach. And who knows, if successful down here, maybe we’ll stay.”

Jaguar - the ultimate in British classic cars. Photo: Pete Stretch Photography

Now Colin says it’s just a matter of arranging where 550-plus cars will fit in the venue, making it safe for entrants and the public “and organising extra entertainment, food and a safe traffic management plan”.

“I’m sure the entrants will love it and all we need now is a lovely weekend’s weather.”
The festival starts in Whangamata on September 29, and runs for four days offering organised drives to Grahamstown in Thames, Tairua and Pauanui, plus musical events and a huge village fete, with profits going to local junior sport.

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