Daytripped down to Whangamata on Saturday afternoon to experience the festivities of the 2010 Hop. The atmosphere reminded me slightly of New Years’, except with more old people present and far less police making the rounds.
Unfortunately, a lot of said old people seemed rather grumpy – perhaps they ran out of beer too early? – and a few couldn’t grasp the concept of someone with a nice camera walking around taking photos of cool cars. Do I really look like that much of a tourist? I swear I felt like the only Asian for miles.
Also – if you own a sweet old ride, the rule is Never. Smile. For. The. Camera. Whilst. Driving.
overall though, lots of mint cars (even if they all started to look the same after an hour of wandering around), great weather, and OS boes’ antics always make me chuckle. Commiserations go out to Lee, who is now down a vehicular mode of transport. Hopefully the justice system doesn’t ream you tooooooooo badly…
A small selection of photos follow, and as always, the link to ze flickr album is at the end.
Would I go back next year? Maybe. But between Kumeu, this, and Swap Meet, I can safely say the nostalgic/American/Aussie muscle scene is very well catered for here in the North Island. Now how about some love for nostalgic Jappas too, guys?
be a chop: a quick visit on flickr »