Every car under the sun at extravaganza

Tauranga Auto Extravaganza organisers Neville McKay, left, and Keith Sawyer are excited to check out the huge variety of cars at the show.

Almost every car imaginable can be found at the Tauranga Auto Extravaganza to rev up petrol heads as well as those with no interest in cars.

The event on The Strand next weekend will showcase European super cars, American and British cars as well as vintage tractors and hot rods.

Michael Schumacher’s 1999 360 Modena F1 Ferrari and the winning Beach Hop 2020 hot rod - a LVV replica Model A Ford - are just a couple of the highlights.

Co-organiser Keith Sawyer says it’s an opportunity to see all different types of vehicles over the two days.

New Zealand professional racing driver and four-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 Greg Murphy will be at the show on Sunday, from 11am to 1pm.

Entry to the show is a gold coin donation and all proceeds will go to St John Tauranga.

Co-organiser Neville McKay knows how valuable St John is, as he was getting visits twice a week at one stage because of ongoing post-surgery issues.

“We are very passionate about St John and I'm giving back what they've given to me,” he says.

Last year the inaugural event raised $8200 for the charity, and this year they’re aiming for $10,000.

They also hold the show on The Strand to support the CBD and bring people to downtown Tauranga.

“That is priority to us, looking after downtown Tauranga,” says Neville, who has always loved cars and was a voluntary caretaker at the original Bay Park for 10 years because he lived next door to it.

“If you can’t beat them, join them,” he laughs.

On Saturday February 27, a swap meet will happen from 8am until 12pm followed by a cruise for the vehicles.

The show and shine on Sunday runs from 10am to 2pm, and there will also be food trucks on both days for those needing to refill.

MC for the extravaganza is Kelvin Clout, and he gives credit to Neville and the team for starting an event from scratch because it is “no mean feat”.

“I’m definitely not a petrol head but I can really appreciate the vehicles,” says Kelvin.

“I’m in favour of anything that can bring people into the CBD in particular.”

The Auto Extravaganza is organised in conjunction with the Welcome Bay Lions and will be at The Strand on February 27-28.

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