Hot-rodders to hit the beach

16:00, Jan 21 2013
Hibiscus Rodders
BEACH FEST: Ruby and Ray Conway of Whangaparaoa with their 1923 T-bucket at the last Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival.

More than 200 hot rods are expected at the two-day Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival this weekend. A fundraiser for the Westpac rescue helicopter, the fourth festival has cars lined up for public inspection at Orewa Reserve by the beach, and games and entertainment from 10am till 4pm.

Fun events include competitions to change a spark plug blindfolded, a men's and women's battery lift contest to win a new battery, the fastest tyre change, a tug o' war - including a club challenge, and a So You Think You Can Dance contest at noon, with prizegiving from 2.30pm till 3pm.

Entertainment feat-ures band El Camino and the Hibiscus Coast Rock‘n'Roll Club.

On Sunday the hot rods line the Orewa Boulevard, closed to other traffic from 7am till 1pm.

Cars parade from noon along Florence Ave, Centreway Rd, Moana Ave, Bakehouse Lane and back along the Hibiscus Coast Highway through Millwater to Wainui for the club's prizegiving.

Last year, the festival raised about $6000 for the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Visitors can donate to the helicopter fund or buy a $10 ticket to go in a draw to win a trip in the chopper.

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