Hot rod glory in Whangamata

Hot rods and bikes on show at the Whangamata Club on Jan 1. Supplied photos.

The sun beamed down to make hot rods and bikes gleam at the Whangamata Club.

The very first car and bike show in the world for 2017 was held at the club on January 1.

The event is a build up to Repco Beach Hop 17, to be held March 22-26, says a club spokesperson.

The January 1 event attracted a record 215 vehicles.

Many on holiday, with person coming from the Coromandel and the remaining coming from the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland areas.”

Proceeds from the show were donated to the Whangamata Community Services Trust.

The winners at the World's 1st Car & Bike Show for 2017 held at the Whangamata Club were:

Best Ford - Wayne Gibbens, Kohimarama - 1936 Ford Roadster

Best Chev - David Green, Matamata - 1947 Chev Pick Up

Best Other - Cyril Jeffery, Silverdale - 1928 Dodge

Best Hot Rod - Haggis, Te Awamutu - 1934 Ford Coupe Best Street Machine - Peter Ganley, Waiuku - 1968 Camaro

Best Nostalgia - Graham Steele, Te Puke - 1928 Model A

Best Pick Up - Les Phillips, Tokoroa - 1956 F100

Best Original Bike - David Leask, Morrinsville - 1973 Kawasaki

Best Modified Bike - Paul Pavletich, Albany - 2015 Indian

Best Sprocket - Stephen Richards, Whangamata - 2010 MADAZ

Whangamata Club Choice - Tony Ewens, Papamoa - 1973 Dodge Challenger

Whangamata Club President's Pick - John & Marlene Robben, Cambridge - 1928 Model A Pick Up



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