Frankton Thunder returns with basic automobiles, customized automobiles, and way more

LJ Hooker Hamilton Metropolis director – and a basic automotive nut – Aaron Davey along with his Charger (left) and ’57 Belair. Photograph / Geoff Lewis

The Frankton Thunder Automotive and Group Pageant is again in pressure in March with shows of basic and customized automobiles, bikes and special-interest automobiles, together with loads of stay leisure.

Organising committee head Ken McGeady says regardless of Covid disruptions over the previous few years the competition will proceed and construct on its strengths.

“Now we’re consolidating. We’re going again to the centre and constructing the occasion to create an environment and a platform for individuals of all walks of life to show and luxuriate in what they do. It’s an actual household occasion with individuals coming collectively to create the ambiance.’’

Frankton Thunder is overseen by a charitable belief and supporters embrace Repco, Ross Brothers Muscle Automotive Storage, Tron Data, Street and Sport Bikes and Frankton’s personal Classics Museum.


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Electric cars have been a popular attraction at previous Frankton Thunder charity car events. Photo / Peter Tiffany
Electrical automobiles have been a preferred attraction at earlier Frankton Thunder charity automotive occasions. Photograph / Peter Tiffany

Among the many sponsors is LJ Hooker Hamilton Metropolis director Aaron Davey, a basic automotive nut – who has come on board for this yr’s competition.

Aaron and spouse Kellie just lately re-established the actual property franchise which is well-established across the Waikato however had been lacking in Hamilton for the previous few years.

One among his causes for supporting the competition was his private curiosity in basic automobiles.

“It’s been a long-term curiosity. After I was 19 [years old] I missed out on shopping for a ‘57 Chevrolet Belair and I’ve wished one ever since.’’


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About 4 years in the past he had a ‘57 imported from the US. Handled in “black on black” color scheme, the V8 Chevy acquired a body-off-frame restoration and was due for its public debut on the 2020 Whangamata Seashore Hop.

“I’d simply received it legalled and licensed the day earlier than the Hop after which we went straight into Covid lockdown, so couldn’t do something.’’

In the meantime, one other search within the US turned up a 1966 Dodge Charger. Powered by the famend 440 V8 and backed by a 727 Torqueflite auto, this can be a uncommon first-generation instance of the well-known Charger line.

Imported from California. It was additionally handled to four-year, full body-off restoration.

Aaron admits he isn’t a pure spanner-jocky and the 2 tasks have nicely glad the will to personal, restore and run basic and customized automobiles.

“I’ve received the bug out of my system.’’

An "invasion" by members of the Military Re-enactment Society of New Zealand is a regular attraction of the Frankton Thunder event. Photo / Supplied
An “invasion” by members of the Army Re-enactment Society of New Zealand is a daily attraction of the Frankton Thunder occasion. Photograph / Provided

In the meantime, Aaron has launched the Westside Classics Waikato. The group attracted 18 individuals to its first assembly and now counts 514 members on its non-public FB web page.

Aaron says that as a Frankton enterprise proprietor, with a ardour for automobiles, he’s eager to assist the native occasion and its charity (St Vincent de Paul).

“We reached out to them with sponsorship for the LJ Hooker Frankton Thunder Cruize-in occasion, with the donation of prizes and trophies.’’

Frankton Thunder might be skilled 9am to 4pm, Sunday March 12, 2023, in and round Commerce St, Frankton, in Hamilton and can embrace meals and road stalls, photorama, Miss Frankton Thunder, road theatre, Thunder Ink tattoo competitors and SteamPunk.


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The supporting LJ Hooker Frankton Thunder Cruize-in and “Toys for Charity” run, for automobiles and bikes, assembles on the Cambridge raceway, Taylor St Cambridge, at 8.30am and leaves for Frankton at 9.30am.

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