Thursday, June 13, 2024

Howick Village Hop stunning success

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Thousands of visitors lined Picton Street during this year’s Howick Hop. Photo Wayne Martin.

Thousands of visitors packed Picton Street to catch a glimpse of the country’s hottest classic cars over the weekend.

Howick Village Association (HVA) re-organised the Howick Village Hop following cancellations last year due to Covid disruptions. The event was widely anticipated, with 200 hot rods, classic cars, pedal cars and caravans registered.

The result was extraordinary, painting this year as the most successful Howick Village Hop to date, with an estimated 15,000 visitors coming throughout Saturday.

“Our display of pedal cars was extremely popular,” HVA manager Jane Newbury says. “We intend to grow this event to have more vehicles in 2023.

“The weather was amazing and HVA has received a large amount of positive feedback and appreciation from our businesses, car owners and the community.”

HVA was supported by several businesses – Howick Village Optometrists, Mothers Polishes, Harley Davidson Auckland, Bar’s Bugs, Habit Health East Tamaki, Repco Highland Park, Poppies Books, Life Pharmacy Howick and Howick Local Board.

Coastguard Howick and EastFM were out in force on the day.

The winners of the Best Car in Show was Shane and Julia Beckham’s 1958 Ford Fairlane. Mothers Polishes People’s Choice first place went to Dale Williams’ 1968 Chevrolet, second was Tony Fogden’s 1959 Pontiac, and the entry winner was Kevin McColl from Whitford.

“A huge thank you for the amazing support from Mothers Polishes for these prizes,” Newbury says.

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