Beach Hop

Beach Hop: The annual Coromandel escape

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Car enthusiasts fuss over their cars for months beforehand, getting everything perfect and up-to-scratch to show off to the masses.
Since 2001 Beach Hop has taken over Whangamata once a year. Preened and polished, cars line the beach, and it’s almost time for everyone to hit the beach again. The event will be held on March 26–30 this year with everything from drive-in movies, bands in bars, a retro caravan show, vintage markets, and the classic car show on throughout the week. Read the rest of this entry »

Beach Hop Whangamata 2011 – 230 images

Whangamata again played host to the 11th annual Beach Hop last weekend and saw hundreds of stunning machines head along to the Coromandel holiday town. There was crusing, car shows and even beauty pageants at the 2011 event. Naturally NZ Classic Car was there to take it all in and bring you back over 300 images of some fine classic metal and general festivities.

Relive the epic weekend by clicking into the gallery below to check out the photos. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Whangamata Beach Hop hits full swing this weekend

The annual Whangamata Beach Hop is back for 2011 and is hitting full swing this week with the main festivities scheduled for this coming weekend (26-17th March).

Now in its 11th year Beach Hop is a 1950s, 60s style event held in the seaside holiday resort town of Whangamata. The festival celebrates the music, culture, fashion, hot rods, motorbikes, muscle cars, dancing, dragsters, and even scooters of this golden automotive era. The festival has grown from 4,000 to over 70,000 people in the last six years. This makes it one of the largest events of its kind in the world. All proceeds raised are donated to emergency services in the area. So get down to Whangamata this weekend and be part of the spectacle.

Check out a brief schedule below, and click here to find out more at the Beach Hop website. Read the rest of this entry »

Whangamata Beach Hop starts today!

The Beach Hop is back for 2010 and is kicking off today.

Held in the seaside holiday resort town Whangamata,the 4 day festival celebrates the music, culture, fashion, hot rods, motorbikes, muscle cars, dancing, dragsters, and even scooters of this golden automotive era.The festival has grown from 4,000 to over 70,000 people in the last six years. This makes it one of the largest events of its kind in the world. All proceeds raised are donated to emergency services in the area. So get down to Whangamata and be part of the spectacle.

Beach Hop 10 has been reduced to a 4 day festival to help keep costs down for entrants. Unfortunately the ‘Cruising the Loop’ convoy to Coromandel Town has been canceled. With the 220km trip proving too expensive. Check out a brief schedule below, and click here to find out more at the Beach Hop website.

Beach Hop 10 Schedule

Thursday 25th March
Cragar Kick Off Party at Tairua

Friday 26th March
Onemana Thundercruise
Bands in Bars

Saturday 27th March
Rock’n'Roll Club March
Grand Parade (new routes)
Street Festival
Car Shows & Bands
Retro Beauty Show
Prize Giving
Vintage Fashion Show
Hop Idol

Sunday 28th March
Nostalgia Fair
Auto Trade & Swap Meet
Top 10 Shoot Out
Classic Car Show
60s Surf Fest
Rock’n'Roll Church Service

To find out more about the Beach Hop 09. Click here to visit the Whangamata Beach Hop  website.

Beach Hop 2008 parade

Rails, rods, muscle cars, buckets and more – 10 minutes of the Beach Hop parade in Whangamata

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Beach Hop 2007 trailer

Beach Hop 07 was held 25 to 29 April in the sunny coastal resort of Whangamata. The festival is a celebration of the 50s & 60s and includes the fashion, music, culture, cars & bikes of the era. This video is a promo for the Beach Hop 07 Movie DVD which is due for release early June 07. It was screened before the Drive in Movie held on 26 April and includes footage from the Cragar Wheels Pauanui Beach Hop Party (Wed 25/04) and Harcourts Cruise the Loop (Thur 26/04).

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Turners Beach Hop Auction 2009

Turners Beach Hop

Turners Auctions is holding its Beach Hop Auction as part of the festivities in Whangamata later this month. Celebrating American motors from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s it’s a chance for buyers to pick up a dream car and for sellers to part with a classic.

So far entries include:

A 1957 Oldsmobile 88 Super Sedan
A 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Coupe
A 1967 Buick Skylark Coupe
A 1969 Pontiac Firebird Coupe
A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

and many more

Auction entries are still being accepted, it’s $250 plus 6% commission. Limited entries available.

Turners Collectors Car Auction starts at 12.30pm on Saturday 28th March 2008 at Williamson Park, Whangamata, with viewing on Friday 27th from 10am.

Beach Hop, held in the holiday resort of Whangamata, is a five day festival celebrating the music, culture, fashion, music, hot rods, motorbikes, dancing, dragsters and scooters from the 50′s and 60′s. The festival has grown from 4,000 to over 70,000 people in just five years, making it one of the largest events of its kind in the world. All proceeds raised are donated to emergency services in the area.

Head out there this month and enjoy the action.

To find out more about the Beach Hop Auction and see the full catalogue, click here to visit Turner’s website.

Whangamata Beach Hop starts tomorrow

The Beach Hop is back for 2009 and is all set to kick off tomorrow.

Held in the seaside holiday resort town Whangamata,the 5 day festival celebrates the music, culture, fashion, hot rods, motorbikes, muscle cars, dancing, dragsters, and even scooters of this golden automotive era.The festival has grown from 4,000 to over 70,000 people in just 5 years. This makes it one of the largest events of its kind in the world. All proceeds raised are donated to emergency services in the area. So get down to Whangamata and be part of the spectacle.

Beach Hop 09 has been reduced to a 4 day festival to help keep costs down for entrants. Unfortunately the ‘Cruising the Loop’ convoy to Coromandel Town has been canceled. With the 220km trip proving too expensive.

Beach Hop 09 Schedule

Thursday 26th March
Kick Off Party at Pauanui Beach
Drive in Movie

Friday 27th March
Onemana Thundercruise
Bands in Bars

Saturday 28th March
Rock’n'Roll Club March
Grand Parade (new routes)
Street Festival
Car Shows & Bands
Collectable Car Auction
Retro Beauty Show
Prize Giving
Vintage Fashion Show
Hop Idol

Sunday 29th March
Nostalgia Fair
Auto Trade & Swap Meet
Top 10 Shoot Out
Classic Car Show
60s Surf Fest
Rock’n'Roll Church Service

To find out more about the Beach Hop 09. Click here to visit the website.