Burn-out pad to be feature of expanded car show

"Mr T'' and associate Kelvin Laing, of Allanton, at the Lawrence show in March. Photo: Richard Davison
"Mr T'' and associate Kelvin Laing, of Allanton, at the Lawrence show in March. Photo: Richard Davison
Petrolheads will have one more reason to visit Lawrence next March as a new, three-day car show gets into gear.

Organisers of the Rev, Rock and Hop show from March 27-29 hope the recent addition of a brand new ''burn-out'' pad - believed to be the only one in South Otago - will add to the appeal of their revamped event.

Run by Lawrence Car Club, the new autofest replaces its annual, one-day Show & Shine event, and was conceived earlier this year in an effort to ''keep things fresh'', spokesman Bill Bazley said.

Thanks to the combined efforts of the Lawrence community, preparations were proceeding apace.

''We're well under way. The burn-out pad has been built, and will get some finishing touches this weekend, and work on a new ablutions block for visitors is also in hand.

''Moving to a three-day event allows people to come and camp up, so we want all our ducks in a row to give them a great weekend out.''

Mr Bazley said the previous Show & Shine event attracted about 250 visitors.

Lawrence Car Club members build a new burn-out pad in Wetherstons Gully last month. The pad will...
Lawrence Car Club members build a new burn-out pad in Wetherstons Gully last month. The pad will feature in the town's three-day Rev, Rock and Hop car show in March, which replaces the previous one-day Lawrence Car Show & Shine. Photo: Viv Warhurst
He hoped the expanded format would attract 300 to 500, as it would also allow people to socialise during the event.

Long-standing Show & Shine elements such as competitive classes and a car fun run would remain, and be augmented by the addition of the club's new burn-out pad.

''It's something to add to the appeal. We'll have a competition with heats and finals on the Sunday.''

October 28 car show entrants could register on the day, but would need to depart by 6pm.

Those wishing to stay for the duration would need to pre-register.

Registrations for participants and stallholders were now open, Mr Bazley said.

richard.davison@odt.co.nz

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