Happy Days revival

Move over Fonzie, this Saturday’s Happy Days Car Show in Katikati will decide who really has the best classic cars, hot rods or bikes in the Western Bay town.

Organisers of the annual motoring show, now in its fourth year, are hoping it will be even bigger this Saturday, with hundreds of vehicles expected to vie for bragging rights in the 13 competition classes.

Talisman Hotel manager Steve Shaw gets into the spirit of this Saturday’s Happy Days Car Show with a 1946 Ford Jailbar pickup truck. Photo by Tracy Hardy.

Talisman Hotel manager Steve Shaw, who is hosting the show in the Katikati pub’s carpark, has been surprised by the level of interest after taking over the hotel only two months ago.

“We were keen to continue hosting it; and based on what we’re hearing its shaping up to be a big event. There is a huge local following and interest in classic cars.”

With space for only 73 cars in the hotel parking lot, Steve is expecting classic vehicles to overflow into some of the surrounding streets – with all competing cars to be registered by 9.30am.

“Given the Happy Days focus, we are expecting classic American cars up to the mid-1970s. As far as I’m concerned, the older and the rarer the better.”
Steve says it will be a true family event, with live music and activities for children including a colouring-in competition.

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