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Rebel Round Up Goes Off!

by Greg Stokes

If it isn’t broke then don’t fix it and that was the formula for this year’s annual Rebel Round Up at Pukekohe Park Raceway back in February.

The organisers tweaked and adjusted things for a smooth running event but the recipe was the same. Fun with old cars and the culture around it all equated to a very successful day. The action packed schedule included live bands, hot rods & custom cars, vintage markets, historic motor racing, vintage aircraft landings, flag drop drag racing, onsite camping, fashion pageants, trade stands, cocktail lounge, pinstripe artists, themed outdoor bar, & even a dedicated kids zone to keep the youngsters occupied. Once again you could experience the thrill of historic Gasser drag cars, vintage stock cars & historic race cars as they roar around the Pukekohe circuit.

The event also featured the Classic Cover Primer Nationals. This show celebrates old style hot rodding from the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's showcasing American origin vehicles of these genres as a real step back in time. The NZ Petrolhead Magazine dedicated show area features pre 1980 American, Australian, European and British vehicles too. The weather sure turned it on and a seriously enjoyable day was had by all and did we mention the crowd? Numbers appeared to be up on last year too! There’s no denying that the Pukekohe and Franklin area has a high population of automotive enthusiasts but the Rebel Round Up also attracts people from all over New Zealand. If you like what you see in these photos, you have just under a year to build something to attend next year’s Rebel Round Up and join the fun.

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