By Robyn Bristow
For a treat for dad on Father’s Day, roll on up to the eighth edition of Rock’n’Wheels at the Amberley Domain.
Several hundred vehicles are expected for the event on Sunday, September 2.
Cars, bikes, four-wheel-drives, campers – indeed, anything on wheels – will arrive from as far afield as Nelson and Dunedin.
The organiser of the Amberley Lions Club event, Katrina Platt, says it promises to be a “good old fashioned roll up”.
“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.
Included in the line-up will be a new drag-car.
Owen Minchington, from the Anthill Mob drag-racing team, says the car, a 1923 T Altered, with a big-block Chevy V8 engine, was brought in from the United States last year and has raced over the last season.
It won the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) New Zealand Nationals, claimed the IHRA National series, and set a new record for the A/MA class at 8.13 seconds at 263kmh (164mph).
“So the car has some pedigree already,” Owen says.
However, cars turning up to Rock’n’Wheels, do not have to have such a pedigree.
“If it’s wheels and you love it, bring it along,” Katrina says.
A total of 104 vehicles turned out to the first event.
It has since grown like topsy, although last year rain dampened the proceedings and numbers were down.
Katrina says interest is strong this year, with many pre-registering.
She hopes that up to 500 vehicles will turn out.
There will be swap meet sites, craft and food stalls, and entertainment, including Peddlemania and a bouncy castle, while Brian Olin and the Rubber Band will provide live music.
Community groups – the Railway Tavern pool team, the Amberley Volunteer Fire Brigade, St John’s Youth and the Amberley School – will help run the food stalls and assist with marshalling on the day, with all receiving a donation for their efforts.
Entry is $10 per set of wheels, $20 for a swap meet or craft site, $5 at the gate for adults, with those aged under 15 free. Visitors will be able to selected their favourite car, bike, and other vehicle with a form handed out at the gate when they enter.