Full Throttle car festival hits Manukau this weekend

Full Throttle car festival hits Manukau this weekend

The Full Throttle Festival is back in Manukau this Labour Weekend, and organisers are claiming the show will be bigger and more spectacular than ever.

The 2011 event will be based at Manukau’s TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre will feature a three day free programme of car shows, displays, demonstrations and action ranging from drift cars to competition karts and V8 Rod and Custom cars.

Held over all three days of this coming Labour Weekend, October 22-24, the event is a chance for different car scenes to get together and celebrate a common interest.

The first day (Saturday) centres around the V 4 and Rotary Supershow, with a show and shine display inside the TelstraClear building and drift action in the tarmac action zone set up in the main car park beside the building.

The second day is ‘In Gear Sunday’, a chance for the many car clubs of the region to put their best vehicles on show.  Leading car clubs already confirmed include the Mustang Car Club and the Vauxhall Opel Sport car club.

The clubs will be joined by an on-track demonstration from karting enthusiasts. Kartsport NZ will have a static display for the whole three days and will have information available for people who are interested in the sport.

In Gear Sunday is also finals day for the Rugby World Cup, and the site will feature family-oriented rugby activities inside TelstraClear Pacific Event Centre on the day, with a free live screening of the final match that evening and the second day of the Indigenous Ink tattoo exhibition.

Full Throttle goes loud for the final day, Labour Monday, with a full day of V8 Rod and Custom action in the tarmac zone, where the Manukau Rod and Custom Club will run a tarmac streetkarna. The action on this day is open to rod and custom car owners from clubs across the region and is a sure crowd pleaser as drivers put their V8-engined cars through their paces.

Inside the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre the final day features a hot rod and custom car show and shine display with everything from “daily drivers” through to full-on show cars that take years to create.

A major drawcard across the Saturday and Sunday is Manukau MX 2011, a motocross race event that attracts hundreds of riders and draws spectators to watch the riders race across the low grassy hills, jumping their bikes high in the air as they fight for track position.  The event attracts the best motocross riders in New Zealand to race in an urban environment unlike any other in their race calendar.

Fans of military vehicles will have their share of excitement on the Saturday of Full Throttle.  The New Zealand Army will have a Unimog on site, offering rides to festival fans; and on the same day the military vehicle enthusiasts will display a wide range of Jeeps, trucks, armoured cars and more, many of them having seen service in WW2.  Military re-enactors will have static displays in a marquee and there will be battle displays using the military vehicles.  There will be opportunities to ride in military vehicles during the day in exchange for a gold coin donation.  An Army information display will also be a feature of the military area, based in a recruitment bus parked alongside the static displays area.

Throughout the weekend, the four wheel drive and offroad racing set will be there in force with sprint and race action and driving demonstrations on the massive grassed areas. There will be race demonstrations from the ATV (quad) racers of Auckland ATV Club along with static displays and races for the new KiwiTruck junior offroad race category.

If you’re in the area head along to Manukau this weekend and see what Full Throttle is all about.

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