Classics roll into Dargaville

Classics on two and four wheels - and even some on three - converge on Day street this March for the third annual Dargaville hot rod and Harley show

It’s time to polish up the chrome, fire up the engines and get outdoors to appreciate some automotive classics in the summer sunshine. Dargaville’s third annual classic car and bike show is just around the corner, and the hosts at Greg Smith Engineering are anticipating a great day out for all those who attend.

In its third year, the show has expanded to take on a whole collection of custom culture aspects, from the hotrods and Harleys, which roll in from miles around, through to classics and rare examples of auto artwork on wheels. It’s a free show for all, adults and kids alike, so there’s bound to be a brilliant turnout.

Dargaville and the West Kaipara have a wealth of sheds, barns and garages where there are classics tucked away, and March 9 is their day to shine. The big yard in Day Street — just off Beach Road — in Dargaville will once again be filled with all makes and models of cars and bikes from around the world.

With an emphasis on ‘all makes and models’, this is a show for everyone. Without restrictions, the hosts invite everybody to polish up their pride and joy and roll out to a day complete with a sizzling barbecue provided by the generous folks at the Dargaville Rod and Custom Club, a display of hand-crafted airbrush artwork created live by artist Julia Tapp, and much more.

There’s even a very modern expression of the lust for speed and power — the championship drift car of local motorsport hero Gaz Whiter, on display all day. Later on, Greg and his team will unearth a complimentary hangi for all those patrons who have enjoyed a summer’s day of great cars, great bikes and, of course, the usual lively discussions about which classic machines are the best of all time.

It’s all happening at the Greg Smith Engineering workshop and yard, Day Street, Dargaville, from 11am on Saturday, March 9. Those who wish to bring along their vintage, classic, custom, modified, rare or just plain awesome car or motorcycle need not RSVP — there’s room for everyone, and everyone is warmly welcomed to come and join in this Dargaville tradition.


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