In 2020 the Coromandel surf town of Whangamatā will be celebrating the ’50s and ’60s in style with the Repco Beach Hop 20. This small town will be bursting with rockabilly beat, sassy fashion and fun for five days at the end of March. But without a doubt the star attractions will be the gleaming muscle cars, classic caravans, revving hot rods, motorbikes, tyre-screeching dragsters and retro scooters. The free event includes parades of vintage vehicles, nostalgia fairs selling retro wares, live bands, while a party atmosphere permeates the whole town.

Whangamatā has a unique combination of beach and rainforest. Photo credit: thecoromandel.com

Noddy Watts runs the show and loves it with a passion. “I call it the mechanical fountain of youth,” he said. “You get behind the wheels of one of these things and you forget how old you are. It puts a smile on your face and you’re having fun.”


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