Tuesday, 22 January 2019

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American Muscle, Street & Custom Club to celebrate first birthday in style

The American Muscle, Street & Custom Club Whitianga will be celebrating their first birthday in style this coming Sunday (6 January) with a car show in Albert Street, Whitianga.The show, called the ‘Frankies Beach Street Meet,’ is organised by club founders Reg and Julie Smith and fellow Whitianga residents Peter and Penny Murray.

Reg says the American Muscle, Street & Custom Club Whitianga is not a club in the true sense of the word. “We don’t have a committee,a formal list of members and a set of rules ora constitution,” he says. “We’re really just agroup of like-minded individuals who love interesting vehicles.

“Our first meeting was on Sunday 7 January last year at Frankies Sports Bar & Grill in Albert Street in Whitianga. We expected about 20 cars to turn up and ended up with 57. Since then,we’ve met the first Sunday of every month at Frankies. We average about 20 cars per meeting.

“We park up in Albert Street and havebreakfast and coffee and we ask a member of the public, just someone admiring the cars, to choose a ‘People’s Choice’ winner. We then normally go on a cruise somewhere and sometimes end up at someone’s place for a BBQ afterwards.

“We’ve been on some really fun cruises the past year. Highlights were trivia trails to Colville Café and Mercury Bay Estate in Cooks Beach, and a picnic at racing legend Rod Millen’s Leadfoot Ranch outside Hahei.

“Other fun events we’ve been part of include the 4th of July celebrations at Grace O’Malley’s in Whitianga and a Frankies Grease evening. Several of us have also participated in the Movember fundraiser for men’s health issues, in which we raised $500, and we’ve had a great Christmas party in December.

“The Frankies owners are also car loversand they were on board with us from day one.They put on $10 breakfasts during our meeting sand always donate a $50 voucher to the People’s Choice winner. They’ll have live music during our car show on 6 January and $10 breakfasts will again be on the menu."

More than 60 vehicles have so far beenentered in the Frankies Beach Street Meet. “If your vehicle is outside the ordinary, you really should enter,” says Reg. “The entry fee is only $25 and includes a Frankies drinks voucher.”

Albert Street will be closed to traffic between Lee Street and Monk Street at approximately 9:00am on 6 January and will remain closed until the end of the car show. “The show will start at 10:00am and continue until 2:00pm,” says Reg. “It’s free for members of the public to appreciate the cars on display and we want to encourage as many people as possible to come along.

“The Mercury Rockers Rock ‘n’ Roll Club will do a bit of dancing and it will be great if people dress up in a 50 s and 60s theme too.We’ll have a prize for the best-dressed person.

“We’ll be selling raffles and have six category prizes to give away for the most impressive vehicles, including a People’s Choice award.Three lucky draw prizes, all donated by very generous business owners, will also be given away. The vehicle categories will be judged by Whitianga Waterways developer Leigh Hopper and Darren Hartley of Coastal Signs in Whitianga, who’s a keen speedway driver.

“We expect the show to be a lot of fun.”

There’s still an opportunity for vehicleo wners to enter the show, but space is limited. Anyone interested can phone or text Reg on (027) 493 5822 or email him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it...

Pictured are the organisers of the Frankies Beach Street Meet on 6 January. From the left - Reg and Julie Smith, and Peter and Penny Murray.

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