By ROBYN BRISTOW
“If it’s wheels and you love it, bring it along”.
The now familiar theme for the annual Rock’n’Wheels show at the Amberley Domain, which this year is on September 3.
Nearly 500 vehicles – cars, bikes, four-wheel drives and campers, or anything with wheels – are expected to rock on in from as far afield as Invercargill, Timaru and Kaikoura, for a great family day out.
The Wheels Show and Swap meet has come a long way in seven years. Les and Katrina Platt staged the first event in 2011 as a fundraiser for the local Girl Guides.
A total of 104 vehicles turned up and it has grown like topsy ever since with over 450 vehicles attending last year in spite of cool conditions.
The Amberley Lions have come on board in the past couple of years to help run the event with Les, Katrina and daughter Lisa, with funds raised now being used by the Lions for youth and community projects.
Katrina says six community groups will be helping with the running of foodstalls and marshalling, with all receiving a donation for their efforts, while the Oxford Lions Club will also be turning out to lend a hand.
There will be live music by Brian Olin and the Rubber Band, a Bouncy Castle for kids and a Buy, Sell and Exchange Board.
“It will be a huge community event, with a large variety of food on offer, crafts sites and swap meet sites,” she says.
“A lot of repeat people are coming. They say it’s a fun day out in the country for car enthusiasts and a great way to treat dad on Father’s Day,” Katrina says.
It’s $10 per wheels entry, $20 for a Swap meet or craft site, $5 at the gate for adults with under 15s free.
An entry form will be given to people turning out to view the spectacular line up on which they can vote for their favourite car, favourite bike and favourite other vehicle. Votes can be put in the bucket at the Oxford Lions Club van.
Gates open at 8.30am and close 4.30pm, with the postponement date, September 10, “but we haven’t had to postpone yet”, says Katrina.