Thousands turn out for CRC Speedshow

NEIL REID
Last updated 13:46 21/07/2012

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Screeching tyres, polished chrome and the smell of burning rubber was the order of the day as thousands of motorsport fans crammed into Auckland's ASB Showgrounds for the opening day of the CRC Speedshow.

Dubbed New Zealand's biggest motoring show, car fanatics got up close and personal with high-tech new model vehicles, as well as admire immaculately restored classic cars and hot rods.

''We've travelled up from Hamilton for this and the trip has sure been worth it,'' Nigel McKenzie, 19, said.

''This is just awesome. There's something for everyone, but my favourites are certainly the hot rods. There's been a lot of time, money and sweat put into rebuilding some of those classics.''

The 71-car display by the New Zealand Hot Rod Association is one of the star attractions of the two-day CRC Speedshow which is set to finish on Sunday afternoon.

The size of the exhibition has seen it have an entire hall designated to it at the ASB Showgrounds.

Representatives from the country's top-selling production cars were also set up in stalls spread around the ASB Showgrounds, complete with new-model cars and utes.

Off-road racing vehicles, stockcars, sprintcars, race and road bikes and road racing sidecars are also be on display.

There were also plenty of interactive displays to keep the large crowd entertained.

Motorcycle stunt man Nic Kroeze had spectators on the edge of their seats with a display of his daredevil riding.

A drifting demonstration - complete with the smell of burning rubber - was also popular.

Keith Sharp, developer and promoter of the show, said there was something for everyone at the two-day event, both young and old.

''There's plenty to for kids of all ages to do - younger ones can drive themselves in Kruzin Kids electric hot rods," he said.

"There are V8 simulators to race, lots of giveaways, meet your favourite racing drivers and get a signed poster, or have a go on a giant Scalextric slot car set and buy die-cast models.''

Fans of all ages today also took the chance to get the signatures of some of the local motorsport community's biggest names.

The likes of V8 SuperTourer drivers Angus Fogg and Johnny McIntyre were in popular demand during a signing session on Saturday morning.

New Zealand V8 Supercar legend Greg Murphy was also in attendance.

The Bathurst 1000 winner was on hand to promote his Mike Pero Group-sponsored V8 SuperTourer race car and suicide awareness and prevention group, Casper.

Murphy and Mike Pero Racing have heavily promoted Casper throughout the 2012 V8 SuperTourer season, including with its race car livery.

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