Vehicles galore for a worthy cause

Matt Neilson from Tyre Master and Cooper Tires, left, Keith Sawyer and Donald Prentice.

If the roar of an engine gets you going, you like shiny things or you’re weak at the knees because of a big set of wheels, the Tauranga Auto Extravaganza is where you need to be on February 29 and March 1.

Organised by local enthusiasts Neville McKay and Keith Sawyer in conjunction with Welcome Bay Lions Club, the 2020 Tauranga Auto Extravaganza not only will showcase some of the best sets of wheels in town, it’ll go towards supporting the people we need the most.

Neville says the money raised from the event will all be given to the local St John Ambulance stations.

“All of the money is going to a worthy, worthy cause. We all at some stage need St John and they don’t get enough funding from any government. And it’s going to the local guys, right back into the Tauranga community,” he says.

There will be a cruise through town on Saturday, February 29, assembling from 8.30am on The Strand. They’ll motor from The Strand to Greerton, The Mount, Papamoa, through Welcome Bay before coming back to rest at The Strand.

On Sunday March 1, if you’re a bit of a magpie and want to gawk at gorgeous vehicles, get to The Strand from 10am-2pm.

Vehicle owners who want to show off their prized possessions can pay $5 to display their car, truck or motorbike, while those who just want to ogle can pay $5 for entry. Enthusiasts under the age of 14 can have a nosey for free. There will be food and drink available to purchase, and a raffle and kids entertainment on the day.

The event has been well-supported by the local community, says Neville.

Tauranga businesses have donated items and prizes for the raffle, as well as spot prizes and various vehicle prizes to be given out throughout the day.

Tauranga City Council has been vital in planning the event, says Neville, as they’ve helped plan traffic and safety and steered the event in the right direction.

The organisers are also grateful to Complete Traffic Management who have offered to do all traffic control free of charge.

Make sure you get to The Strand on the Saturday and Sunday to check out the best wheels in town.

For more information, search ‘Tauranga Auto Extravaganza’ on Facebook.