Even traditions have to start somewhere and the increasingly popular Mangawhai Black Swamp Rod Run is, after seven years, becoming a tradition for petrolheads and enthusiasts, an event not to be missed.
A record number of 128 cars from far and wide fronted for this years run on January 4, leaving Mangawhai and taking a leisurely run around the coast to Waipu before continuing the loop over the Brynderwyns to Kaiwaka then back to base at Black Swamp Rd orchard and a full afternoon of family festivities. Live music was provided by the Black Swamp All-Stars with food and drink supplied by Paparoa Lions Club.
This is a great spot for campers and visitors to veg out with an ale or two, choose between cold drinks and hot food, to rock their sox off to the country band or sit and watch the kids go through their antics on the flying fox that dumps them in the big farm-type lake.
“The weather on the day was just amazing,” said Rod Run organiser Sandra Brunt. “Classic car and rod owners really enjoy the leisurely drive around the district, showing off to spectators, and never get tired of talking shop.”
In true hobby fashion many of these beauties have had many times their value spent on them in terms of hours and dollars but the results are a sight to behold with several others being works-in-progress.
If you haven’t performed several valve grinds or enjoyed grease under your fingernails at some time in your life you probably don’t understand the love and respect that exists between owner and car.
Where to from here is the question, as this is another Mangawhai summer activity which is almost in danger of out-growing itself. Starting as a good idea for like-minded people to get together over New Year it has now become an important fixture on many holiday calendars – but if it’s good for them, then it’s good for Mangawhai.
PHOTOS/Phil Clark, Motography
Coastal cruising through Langs Beach.
Lunch and family fun at Black Swamp Rd.
Grunty or just plain gorgeous it was all eye-candy.