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26 - 30th March 2014


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Sony Beach Hop 14 - Newsetter 15 Feb

Special Guests At Sony Beach Hop 14
Last time we announced that Bill Haley Jnr will be joining us for the day at the Recpo Tairua Beach Party and we’re pleased to announce that we have a couple of other well known people going to join us over the festival.

V8 Supercar legend Greg Murphy will be bringing his classic Mopar and leading the Castrol Edge Thundercruise to Onemana Beach on Friday 28th March. Greg will be signing autographs and there will be a Drag Race “Christmas Tree” competition set up as well with some awesome Castrol prize packs up for grabs . He will also be a guest judge at the Retro Pin Up Show and Hop Idol finals on Saturday.

Joining Greg, and regular judge Graham Bell from Police 10-7, will be none other than well known TV actor Shane Cortese from Outrageous Fortune, Nothing Trivial and Shortland Street. Shane will also join Chet O’Connell for a few songs at the Whangamata Club on Saturday night.

The Aussies Are Coming!
We always welcome our Australian visitors and over the years a number have even brought their cars with them. Sony Beach Hop 14 will see Australia’s most recognised Retro Caravan, now with matching tow car, at the festival thanks to our wonderful supporters Famous Pacific Shipping who have shipped them to New Zealand. Lisa Mora, editor of Vintage Caravan Magazine, first attended the Hop in 2012 and this year she’s brought along her pink 1964 Sunliner caravan, and 1963 Vauxhall Cresta which has just come out of the paint shop. They made their debut at the recent Australia Day Classic Car Show at the Ettamogah Pub in Queensland where they won the overall “Peoples Choice” award. You’ll be able to check them out at the Vintage Caravan Magazine Retro Caravan Show at the Whangamata Area School on Saturday 29th March.

Sony Beach Hop 14 Banners For Sale
Our banners are always popular and they sell out every year – we usually auction the final one and get approx. $500 for it! These look great hanging in the “Man Cave” and we only have 6 for sale. You can order one by emailing us

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Sony Beach Hop 14 - Newsetter 23 January

Promotional Vehicles Update

Retro Caravan
We are super excited to announce that the Retro Caravan is 95% complete and looks AMAZING! Our thanks go out the crew who worked on it, plus Les Audain for the awesome paint work, Ron Hodgson for the glass & rubber, South Auckland Caravans for parts, Bunnings Whangamata for interior paint, LJ Smits Group for exterior paint, Ajays, Hauraki Tyre & Battery, Seaview Upholstery and HPC Coatings – together we’ve now got a stunning prize that will make someone very happy at the end of March. Vintage Caravan Magazine have just done a full feature on it (including centrefold poster) so make sure you pick up a copy soon

1957 Ford MK2 Zephyr
The Zephyr has been completely stripped down, engine removed, screens out and once again painted by Les Audain. The colour scheme matches the Retro Caravan as they’ll be given away as a set. We’re about to piece it back together with a new clutch etc supplied by Sterling Brake & Clutch, twin carbs etc. This is real Kiwi nostalgia at its best!

1966 Falcon XP Station Wagon
Wade Automotive are rebuilding the 302 cu Ford V8 engine – the good news is they suspect the engine was VERY low mileage – less than 10,000km! ACL have supplied all the bearings and gaskets so this will be a sweet runner. We’ve got a ton of goodies to go on the engine which will be fitted to the Falcon after painting.

1966 Ford Mustang
Our shipment from the USA thanks to Famous Pacific Shipping include lots of bling for the engine bay and a new set of Cragar SS wheels. This Mustang looks and sounds awesome!

Special Guest - Bill Haley Jnr
Bill Haley Jr is excited to be paying a visit to Sony Beach Hop 14.Being very familiar with the 50's and the whole lifestyle his Dad lived, he's keen to see the great cavalcade of cars that will meet him at the Repco Tairua Beach party on 27th March, where he will present the prizes at 2pm on that day. He then travels on to play gigs with The Comets in Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton over the next 3 days playing the original hits of Bill's with the authentic instruments of that era. Tickets for the concerts will be on sale at Tairua.

Last Updated (Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:08)

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Sony Beach Hop 14 - Newsetter 2 December

Sony Beach Hop 14 Special
We’re proud to announce that we’ve joined forces with NZV8 Magazine to produce a special Beach Hop magazine like never before. The NZV8 Sony Beach Hop 14 special will be on sale just a few weeks after the event, and will be packed with a full report of the event. All Sony Beach Hop 14 vehicle entrants will receive a free copy by mail as part of their entry. There are also some other great plans in place with NZV8, so watch this space!

Rockabilly Dance Lessons
We’re offering Rockabilly dance lessons for the first time at Sony Beach Hop 14. The exciting news is Danny & Lyndell from Happy Day Rockers are coming all the way from Queensland to give the lessons. They are professional dance teachers and will have you spinning & bopping in no time. The dance lessons will be held in the Whangamata Memorial Hall during the Petrolhead Vintage Market – and we have more exciting news about the market coming soon.

Sony Beach Hop 14 Promotional Vehicles
So far we’ve told you about the 1966 Ford Mustang, Ford MK2 Zephyr & Retro Caravan – our 4th vehicle, and Aussie classic, is this very cool 1966 Ford Falcon XP station wagon. What are our plans for this one? It’ll be given a new heartbeat with a 302cu V8 engine, lowered, painted satin black with a silver metalflake roof, pinstriping and a surfboard on the roof – the ultimate 60s Surfie Wagon! And of course all vehicles will receive a Sony audio systems fitted by Rapid Radio for plenty of good time Rock’n’Roll music.

World's 1st Car & Bike Show - Jan 1st 2014
The first Car & Bike Show to be held anywhere in the world will be held at the Whangamata Club on January 1st. This year nearly 200 vehicles packed the venue, so we're expecting a full house once again. Popular Beach Hop band the Recliner Rockers will be performing during the day, and there will be FIVE entrants draws for $100 cash and trophies up for grabs. What better way to kick off 2014 and the build up to Sony Beach Hop 14!

Last Updated (Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:06)

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Sony Beach Hop 14 - Newsetter 1 November

Sony Beach Hop 14 Vehicle Entry – SOLD OUT!
Well we’ve done it! No actually – YOU have done it! Vehicle entry for the FULL festival sold out 2 days ago – in just 4 weeks. It normally takes 3 months so we’re over the moon with this result! We’ll analyse the data and give you some interesting facts shortly – there must be close to 100 cars from the South Island!

We may accept LATE ENTRIES in very special circumstances – so please email us with your story

There is still room for the Saturday only Century Batteries Classic Car Show & Repco Pre-49 Show – these both sold out last year. You can book a spot now, or turn up on the day – register at

InterIslander Deal for Sony Beach Hop 14 Entrants
Our preferred provider of Cook Straight ferry crossings is the InterIsander. They looked after us when we drove the Sony Beach Hop 14 MK2 Zephyr from Christchurch to Auckland. We can recommend upgrading to “Premium” tickets as you get access to a private lounge with FREE food and drinks.

The special Interislander online rate of 10% off the best available online fare is available to entrants. Valid for travel 19 MAR-9 APR 2014 inclusive. Normal fare conditions of the fare type you choose apply.e.g. Easy Change 100% refundable,Saver Change 50% refundable and Websaver non refundable.

To book please go online at and simply insert “XBH1” in the promocode field on the “Payment details” page and click “enter” as this will apply your discount.

Last Updated (Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:07)

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Sony Beach Hop 14 - Newsetter 14 Oct

Sony Beach Hop 14 Vehicle Entry Update
We've hit the 800 vehicle mark in just 2 weeks! That means there are just 200 cars to go before we sell out at 1000. You can enter online at

Here Come The South Islanders!
A quick scan of the entries reveals that over 80 cars from the South Island have entered already. So it looks like we'll have a record number of our southern friends at the festival. We're working on a deal with the InterIslander for the Cook Strait crossing - watch this space for more details.

Retro Caravan Show & Camping
We are getting a ton of inquiries about the Retro Caravan Show and it looks like it'll be an even bigger event than previous years. There are 2 parts to the show - Camping on the school grounds for 3x nights from Thurs 27th March, AND the actual Retro Caravan Show on Saturday 29th March. There is no need to pre-register for the Show - our team will do this on the day. However if you'd like to register your interest in a camp site at the school then please email - powered sites will be limited.

Last Updated (Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:08)

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