High revving excitement at speedshow

05:00, Jul 22 2012
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The Jetpack man launches skyward at the CRC Speedshow held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland.
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Jet Man salutes the crowd after his flight.
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A stunt driver entertains.
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A drift car in action.
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Watching the drifting, from left; Rachel Hurcombe, Hugo Maclean, Jack Walker, 7, and Hamish Parker.
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Ferrari F40 on display.
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A 1932 Ford hotrod.
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Yamaha YZF450 chassis with a 1985 Honda CR500 hotted with fuel injection and all the mods generating a huge 75 horsepower at the rear wheel .
A Ducati 1199 superbike on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A Ducati 1199 superbike on display at the CRC Speedshow.
Nick Kroeze stunt rider struts his stuff at the CRC Speedshow.
Nick Kroeze stunt rider struts his stuff at the CRC Speedshow.
A 454 overbored big block V8 under the hood of a Chev Camaro hotod CRC Speedshow.
A 454 overbored big block V8 under the hood of a Chev Camaro hotod at the CRC Speedshow.
A 1968 Pymouth Barracudqa with a Mopar 496ci engine under the hood on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A 1968 Pymouth Barracudqa with a Mopar 496ci engine under the hood on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A Harley Davidson FLS Softail is admired at the CRC Speedshow.
A Harley Davidson FLS Softail is admired at the CRC Speedshow.
Rob Mannington's 1955 BelAir hardtop Chevrolet on display at the CRC Speedshow.
Rob Mannington's 1955 BelAir hardtop Chevrolet on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A hotrod on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A hotrod on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A 1965 Chevrolet Impala on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A 1965 Chevrolet Impala on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A customised Ford Mustang on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A customised Ford Mustang on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A 1969 Chev Camaro Z28 Trans Am race car owned by Tony Antonievich on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A 1969 Chev Camaro Z28 Trans Am race car owned by Tony Antonievich on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A 2004 Nissan Skyline GTR drag car owned by Frank and Adam Wigg on display at the CRC Speedshow.
A 2004 Nissan Skyline GTR drag car owned by Frank and Adam Wigg on display at the CRC Speedshow.
The engine of a 1965 front end dragster with a 354 blown and inject Crysler Hemi V8 on display at the CRC Speedshow.
Eyes and throttle wide open.... the engine of a 1965 front end dragster with a 354 blown and inject Crysler Hemi V8 on display at the CRC Speedshow.

Stone-wash jeans and racing jackets were the fashion. Hot chips the food of choice. Car-branded umbrellas optional.

The CRC Speedshow skidded into action for the second day at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds today.

Torrential rain failed to wash away the toasty smell of burnt rubber and chip fryers - nor did it deter thousands of motorheads admiring the wheels on display.

Peering through the glistening windows or under the hoods, the car fans were close enough to kiss the high-tech new model vehicles and classic cars.

Although the event was awash with blokes, there were still plenty of women and girls also admiring the wheels.

Noel Macnamara brought his 11-year-old daughter Rose along for the ride.

The pair said they were impressed by the variety of cars and bikes, but Rose had her eye on one particular sight.

"I just really want to see the guy in the sky."

The flying American, Go Fast jet pack pilot Eric Scott, drew hundreds into the rain to watch his aerobatics.

Children clapped hands over ears and gazed skywards as Scott screeched into the air. Safety officers had fire extinguishers at the ready, but the flight went off without a hitch.

The world record-setting jet pack produces around 800 horsepower of thrust.

Scott was not the only thrill-seeker keeping the crowd pumped on adrenalin.

Motorcycle stunt man Nic Kroeze also hit tyres to tarmac to impress the drenched crowd.

His daring moves had people gripping their seats while his smoky burnout got the biggest applause.

Dubbed New Zealand's biggest motoring show, the 71-car display by the New Zealand Hot Rod Association is one of the star attractions of the CRC Speedshow.

Representatives from the country's top-selling production cars set up in stalls, complete with new model cars and utes.

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

Local motorsport stars signed autographs, but there were a few other celebrities reportedly joining the spectators.

Car enthusiast Rob Tonks said he spotted All Black Ali Williams and boxer Shane Cameron in the crowd.

Tonks managed to convince wife Natasha Tonks to join him at the two-day event.

He said checking out the vehicles and admiring the latest technology was definitely a highlight.

"I appreciate all the hard work people put in to the cars."

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