Weekend Wheels

July 9: Central North Island Swap Meet & Car Show - Rotorua

Hosted by the Rotorua Vintage Car Club at Rotorua Stockcar Track, Paradise Valley Rd, this is the 36th Annual Central North Island Swap Meet and Car Show. It features vintage, veteran, classic cars and hotrods. Entry for seller’s vehicle and driver is $10 per site. All others $5 per person. For car show enquiries phone Bob MacKay 07 332 3849. For Swap bookings email daharpers@gmail.co.nz.

July 16: Penny Rd Hillclimb – Rotorua

Round 2 of MotorSport Bay of Plenty’s Hillclimb Challenge will be held at Penny Rd on July 16 from 8am to 5pm. Penny Rd is a tarmac hillclimb in the Rotorua area, used in the past by Rotorua Car Club and more recently as part of a stage by Targa. Parking and pits will be at the Kaharoa Rd end of Penny Rd. Entry forms are available from the club’s website www.mbop.org.nz MBOP members $88 per driver, others $95. Enquiries to Linda Loughlin 021 644 177 or James West 027 829 5779.

July 22-23: CRC Speedshow - Auckland

You may want to consider heading north for the CRC Speedshow at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds. The annual event is billed as New Zealand’s ultimate automotive playground, showcasing the finest, fastest and coolest new cars, race cars, race bikes, classics, motor sport celebrities, wild hot rods, muscle cars and custom creations from around NZ and the world. The show is open Saturday, July 22, 9am-6pm and Sunday, July 23, 9am-5pm. Tickets are available from www.speedshow.co.nz

July 23: Playday on Track - Taupo

Take an opportunity to drive around a real race track at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo for Playday on Track on Sunday, July 23. It doesn’t matter if you drive a $500 Holden, a family car or a $1.2 million Pagani Zonda as long as it’s roadworthy. Helmet, overalls, goggles and a sense of humour required. Gates open at 8am followed by a drivers’ briefing at 9.40am, familiarisation laps at 9.55am and the first cars out on the track at 10.10am until 4.30pm. Cars are out for 12-15 minute sessions in different speed groups before heading to the pits. Three speed groups available.

For more information and to buy tickets visit www.playdayontrack.co.nz

September 10: Henry Ford Memorial Day - Hamilton

The 23rd annual Henry Ford Memorial Day display and swap meet will be held at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton on Sunday, September 10. The event is hosted by the Waikato Mustang Owners Club and gates open at 8am. Entry is $5 per Ford vehicle/person, $10 for two or more, $5 per adult, family $10 and kids under 12 free. Swappers $15. Trade $25.


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