Beach Hop 2015

It was a bring the brolly Beach Hop this year and the changeable weather had an impact on the number of spectators at the Grand Parade on Saturday morning. We found it a lot easier to find a space to watch the vehicles rumble by than we did last year.

Krusnn in the Grand Parade

Krusnn in the Grand Parade

Grand Parade

Grand Parade

Grand Parade - thunder on the road and

Grand Parade

We arrived in Whangamata on Friday to see the Thunder Cruise to Onemana Beach. We followed the lead of all those parked along the route to watch the convoy.… Read the rest

Beach Hop 2015 – Cool Caravans

Wet weather didn’t deter caravan owners from attending the annual Retro Caravan Show at Beach Hop in Whangamata. Around 100 cool caravans were on show, here’s a sweet selection …..

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2015

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Beach Hop 2014

Hot rod, classic car, motorbike, and cool caravan nirvana – Beach Hop, Whangamata. Was it the biggest Saturday crowd ever at the Grand Parade? It certainly felt like it.

The CROWD at the Grand Parade - there are cars in there somewhere

The CROWD at the Grand Parade – there are cars in there somewhere

The sun was shining and so were the cars as they rolled through the streets lined with thousands of hot rod enthusiasts. Given the crowd I took my chance to head to the Retro Caravan Show. The show was the biggest yet with around 85 vans on display. The cool caravans included Betty who crossed the … Read the rest

Beach Hop 2014 – Cool Caravans

More cool caravans from the Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show in Whangamata ……..

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Pretty in pink - Betty, she's part of the team at Vintage Caravan Magazine, sponsors of the Retro Caravan Show 2014

Pretty in pink – Betty. Betty’s part of the team at Vintage Caravan Magazine, sponsors of the Beach Hop Retro Caravan Show 2014.

Claris is featured in the March/April edition of Vintage Caravan Magazine

Claris is featured in the March/April edition of Vintage Caravan Magazine.

A well deserved rest for this friendly couple who worked until Friday night to get their  1982 Pinto ready for Saturday's show - she's a sweetie

A well deserved rest for this friendly couple who worked until Friday night to get their 1982 Pinto ready for Saturday’s show – she’s a sweetie.

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Beach Hop 2013 – Cool Caravans

Cool caravans are rolling out of backyards and hooking up to hot rods as the weather heats up – you may see some of these beauties on your travels. (Thanks to the owners of these cool caravans for towing them to the Retro Caravan Show at Beach Hop 2013 in Whangamata, it was a treat to see so many in one place).

Beach Hop 2013

Beach Hop 2013

Beach Hop 2013 giveaway caravan

Beach Hop 2013 giveaway caravan

Beach Hop 2013

Beach Hop 2013

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Let’s go to Beach Hop, Whangamata

Beach Hop 2012 – Gorgeous Girls & Wicked Wheels

Beach Hop will be held 20 – 24 March 2013 in Whangamata. Celebrate the 50’s and 60’s – listen to rock ‘n’ roll bands and see up to 1000 hot rods and classic cars in the Grand Parade on Saturday morning. In 2011 retro caravans were introduced, in 2013  Vintage Caravan Magazine are sponsoring the Retro Caravan Show. Update: Cool Caravans (2013 Beach Hop photos)

1957 Pontiac and Retro Caravan

1957 Pontiac and Retro Caravan

Beach Hop Retro Beauty Show

Beach Hop Retro Beauty Show

Saturday is the best day for visitors – the Grand Parade, Junkyard Fashion Show, Hop Idol … Read the rest