Beach Hop 2014

Sony Beach Hop coverage playing this Sunday on TV3

June 27th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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If you’re still experiencing Sony Beach Hop withdrawals you’ll be pleased to know that this Sunday there is a special screening of the coverage of this year’s event on TV3.

On Sunday June 19, from 4–5pm, as part of the CRC Motorsport show the highlights of the event will broadcast to your living room for you to relive and to see all your favourite cars all over again. (more…)

Beach Hop Competition: Ford — Best Ford

May 9th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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We want to know what you think was the best Ford at Sony Beach Hop. So hit the ‘like’ button below on the one/s you think were the best!

Check out the full 112 pages of Beach Hop coverage in our 2014 Beach Hop Annual.

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Beach Hop Competition: Classic Cover — Best Hot Rod

April 24th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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We want to know what you think was the best hot rod at Sony Beach Hop. So hit the ‘like’ button below on the one/s you think were the best!

Look out for a full 122 pages of Beach Hop coverage in our 2014 Beach Hop Annual, on sale late April.

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Beach Hop Competition: Castrol — Best Engine Bay

April 15th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

We want to know what you think was the best engine bay at Sony Beach Hop. So hit the ‘like’ button below on the one/s you think were the best!

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Beach Hop 2014: Day four — Whangamata

April 4th, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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And then it was Saturday, which is generally considered to be the main day of Beach Hop and best described as orchestrated chaos.

A series of parades take place starting from different locations and ending in different locations. The end points result in various individual car shows, each of which is up there with any of the biggest shows in the country.

The Meguiar’s Main Street Car Show had the Ultimate Pass holders parked in prime position on Whangamata’s main street, alongside drag cars doing fire-ups as part of the Castrol Edge Crackle Fest, bands playing, and crowds like never before.

At the opposite end of the main street, in the Whangamata Area School grounds, was the Vintage Caravan Magazine Retro Caravan Show. When this part of the event started there were just four caravans on the field; four years later, there were an astounding 85 caravans taking part.

It was difficult to imagine a better Repco Pre-49 Hot Rod Show than last year, but the turnout was so impressive that it was hard to pick just one stand-out.

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Beach Hop 2014: Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise to Onemana

April 3rd, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

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With the much-needed rest from the previous day not as long as it could have been, we were woken up for day three by what sounded like a series of long burnouts.

Thankfully it wasn’t, it was actually the Woodstock Thunder Club hunting out the noisiest cars, and the drivers in the line up for the Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise to Onemana were doing their best to give them what they were after.

Entrants were already lining up from 5.05am due to the cruise being so popular and parking spots at the Onemana Beach Reserve so sought after. Considering the cruise didn’t leave until 11am, that was pretty dedicated.

The trip to Onemana from Williamson Park is only 10km, but the parade loops weaves its way around town first to make sure all bystanders get more space to check it out. The extended loop was much appreciated by drivers at the team from Tip Top were giving out Strawberry Toppas at ‘Toppa Corner’ along the way. With the sun doing its best to melt the tarmac, the ice cream went down a treat. (more…)

Beach Hop 2014: Repco Tairua Beach Party

April 2nd, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

Turning up to an empty Esplanade for the cruise to the Repco Tairua Beach Party had us almost stumped. However the overflowing Williamson Park gave it away that the start point had shifted. And it made sense — more entrants than ever showed up, soon filling the reserve to capacity.

Drivers and casual spectators did their best to have a look at all of the cars and if they were anything like us, this resulted in a mad dash back to our own car to make sure we didn’t hold up a queue of a hundred or so other cars.

On the 35km jaunt to Tairua, local schools were out in force with kids yelling for drivers to beep their horns or rev their engines. By the time we hit Tairua almost every car park in town had already been nabbed and minutes later the beachfront started filling up with crew members who ushered cars into position with military precision and enormous smiles to match.

While the first cars had been parked for an hour or so, the final cars were just leaving the start point, so you can only imagine how cool the procession was for those who had lined the streets to watch the cars roll past.

Look out for coverage in our next issue, on sale Monday April 7, and our full 122-page coverage in our 2014 Beach Hop Annual, on sale late April.

Beach Hop 2014: Go Waihi Warm Up Party

April 1st, 2014 by Lara Wyatt

An epic five days of petrol-powered entertainment was kick-started on Wednesday, March 26 with the Go Waihi Warm Up Party.

With Waihi being the day that lands in the middle of the working week it has, in the past, been considered a bit of a take-it-or-leave-it sort of day. This year though, those that didn’t make it missed out!

There were over 100 cars more than last year’s Warm Up Party at the event and caused Waihi’s main street to literally overflow with cool cars and thousands of people.

Plenty of market stalls crammed themselves into any spare space they could find and various bands belted out tunes keeping locals and out-of-town visitors entertained throughout the day.

With so much going on, those who’d never been to Beach Hop before were already blown away … and this was just the warm up.

Look out for coverage in our next issue, on sale Monday April 7, and our full 122-page coverage in our 2014 Beach Hop Annual, on sale late April.