‘Great atmosphere’ with cars centre stage

Lawrence echoed to the sound of high-octane engines at the weekend, as the Rev, Rock & Hop Car Show returned to town.

Club president Gordon Duthie said on Saturday the show, transformed by Lawrence Car Club into a three-day event in 2020, had now become a firm favourite on the summer calendar.

"We’ll see more than 200 taking part today, across traditional car show, car run, burnout and camping elements.

"When we made the change to three days in 2020, we wanted to offer people something a bit different from a standard car show, and a reason to stay in Lawrence and enjoy what we have to offer.

"Some people come to show or see the cars, some for the burnouts on the dedicated burnout pad we have here at the gymkhana grounds, and some like to come for a break with their campers and enjoy the entertainment during the day, and socialising by night."

Katlyn Stoddart, of Tapanui, smokes it up in her Ford Falcon during the Lawrence Burnouts at the...
Katlyn Stoddart, of Tapanui, smokes it up in her Ford Falcon during the Lawrence Burnouts at the Rev Rock & Hop Car Show in Lawrence on Saturday. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON

Mr Duthie said overall numbers might be down on last year due to several competing events across the wider region.

"There are a couple of other car shows, I believe, the [South Otago] A & P Show, and a trail ride. But we have a great atmosphere here, and we’re seeing people return and make a destination of the show each year."

This year’s show would raise funds for mental health charities I Am Hope, and Gumboot Friday, he said.

Lawrence Burnouts organiser Lisa Win said the competition had received a record number of entries this year.

"We’ve got 26 here this year, from as far afield as Napier, and some entertaining crowd-pleasers among them.

"People enjoy it because it’s a bit different. Some of the cars are highly modified, and it’s just a spectacle of noise, smoke and thrills."

Mr Duthie thanked event sponsors, volunteers and committee members, including key sponsor Eastcoast Freighters, of Milton.