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Heat hits hot rod fans

Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014

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Metal and sun gleamed for a scorcher at the two-day Kumeu hot rod show.

Visitor numbers were down about 10,000 on previous years to about 30,000, mainly because people headed to the beach. That's the view of Woodstock 20th National Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival co-promoter Ken Galvin of Kumeu.

He says visitor arrivals were steady both days but many spectators also left about 3pm for the beach or home to beat the heat.

Monster trucks Scooby Doo and Bigfoot, a jet powered quad bike and a Mater tow truck Cars film lookalike were among the popular attractions.

The monster trucks crushed six cars during their display prior to this Auckland Anniversary weekend's monster truck racing and freestyle championship event at Waikaraka Park speedway, which also features the jet quad.

A Ford Falcon won the Ford versus Holden engine blow up competition, outlasting a Commodore which blew up first, Mr Galvin says.

A 1969 Chev Camaro won the highest revs contest, producing an ear-drum shattering 130 decibels and earning the owner $5000.

The show's People's Choice award went to a 1946 Aero Chevrolet.

Mr Galvin and fellow promoter Shane Reynolds of Parakai say they're planning something special for the show's 21st next year.

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