Countdown to Americarna 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Get your motor running, because the Countdown to Americarna 2016 is on.
On Friday 26 February more than 500 American vehicles will be travelling from New Plymouth to Opunake along State Highway 45 (SH45) where they will park up at Sandfords Event Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm. From there they will travel along SH45 to Hawera where they will spend the afternoon before returning to New Plymouth.
South Taranaki District Council Event Coordinator Jody Bloor says preparations to welcome the visitors are well underway.
“The stopover in Opunake gives the drivers a chance to re-gather, have morning tea, take a look around the local shops and visit the beach. Because the cars are parking up at Sandfords Event Centre we don’t need to close any roads, though motorists and pedestrians will need to take extra care as school children will be walking in to view the cars” says Jody.
“In Hawera the cars will be parked on High Street (from Argyle St to Caledonia St) and part of Union and Regent Streets. The Community Centre carpark and Albion Street (From High St to Erin St) will be closed for the extremely popular Repco Go-Stop Drags.* With all these cars in town parking is going to be at a premium so it’ll be a good idea to car pool or to walk to work on that day,” she says.
In Hawera’s CBD there will be music by the new Taranaki Folk Band ‘The Stove’ and a market day with the local businesses entering in a window dressing competition.
“We’re really excited to have Americarna visit South Taranaki again. The community and businesses always get behind this event and make it a really successful and entertaining day.”
The Americarna vehicles will be in Inglewood on Thursday 25 February and in New Plymouth for the big AmeriCARnival on Saturday 27 February.
Go – Stop is an event where competitors charge off from the start line and head for a set of cones at the other end of the straight. When they reach the other end they have to come to a complete stop inside the cones - the competitor that completes this task in the fastest time is the winner. This discipline needs a combination of good acceleration and braking capabilities - the bigger vehicles with more horsepower can get away quicker, but the smaller, more nimble cars stop quicker. Lots of noise, smoke and fun this event was a real crowd favourite last year.