BEACH HOP 14
Sony Beach Hop 14 - Newsetter 2 December
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!
Rusty Nuts & Jalopy Dust Up Dates
The two craziest events in New Zealand have been re-scheduled to the weekend before Sony Beach Hop 14. The Rusty Nuts Car Show will be held on Waihi Beach on Saturday 22nd March from 3:30-7:30pm. Yes - ON THE BEACH! We are thinking cars, live music and fish'n'chips for dinner. After 7:30pm the action will change to the Waihi Beach Hotel where there will be a great line up of bands to entertainment will continue until the wee hours.
The Jalopy Dust Up is scheduled for Sunday 23rd March with practice at 10am and racing from Noon. The dust will be flying!
2 days later on Tuesday 25th March, Whangamata really heats up with the Coastal Rockers club dance at the Whangamata Club which is the unofficial kick off to Sony Beach Hop 14!
So there is now a real incentive to head to the area earlier with THREE cool events on in a row.
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 email@example.com
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 www.beachhop.co.nz
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 www.interislander.co.nz and simply insert “XBH1” in the promocode field on the “Payment details” page and click “enter” as this will apply your discount.
Sony Beach Hop 14 Promo Vehicle #3
As part of our theme to do an American, Australian & English classic for our promotional vehicles, we've purchased this Ford Mustang to join the quartet. 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang so to recognise this milestone it was out natural choice for the American Classic. This car will get some TLC and will have 50th Anniversary livery on the sides.
We are going all out to recognise the popularity of the Mustang and they'll have their own section during the Grand Parade and park up around the Ford NZ stand. We'll be looking for the Best Mustang at the Hop - keep an eye out for more details in the coming months.
Ford New Zealand Rocks!
We know there is plenty of light hearted ribbing about the big 3 - Ford, GM and Mopar- it's all in good fun. But what can we say about Ford NZ? THEY'RE AWESOME! Not only do they help us with the purchase of our promotional give away vehicles for the Festival, but they are stepping up even further with a new utility vehicle for the crew to use leading up until the Festival - HOW COOL IS THAT? Thank you Ford NZ!
Beach Hop People
We had a heart warming response to Eric’s story in our last newsletter – he’s on the mend which is great news! Rose contacted us about her T Bucket which she’s entered for Sony Beach Hop 14. The car was built back in the 80s and made an impact when it hit the scene. Unfortunately the owner died while working overseas and his widow kept the car in the corner of her shed, there was obviously an emotional attachment to their hot rod. Rose and her husband fell upon the car and Rose instantly fell in love with it and managed to persuade the widow to sell it to her. They’ve spent 4 years rebuilding the car to bring it back on the road – but then Rose was diagnosed with a tumour on her kidneys and had them both removed. The good news is that she is now fighting fit and you’ll see her driving her T Bucket at Sony Beach Hop 14 – she’ll be easy to spot – just look for the HUGE smile!
ALERT: 1966 T Bird Stolen from Mission Bay, Auckland
We’ve been told about a beautiful 1966 T Bird convertible that was stolen from Mission Bay last weekend while doing a wedding. It’s pretty distinguishable in cream, wire wheels and ELVIS1 number plates. Please contact your local Police if see it and make the owner the happiest man on the planet!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 December 2013 19:25)
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 www.beachhop.co.nz
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - powered sites will be limited.
Sony Beach Hop 14 Prize Vehicles
Our theme for Sony Beach Hop 14 is "Variety". What would you have seen on Kiwi roads in the 50s & 60s? A mixture of USA, Australian and British designed cars... So we're going to put one of each up for grabs! Plus a VERY cool Retro Caravan which will go with one of the Cars... We have already purchased two of the vehicles... and another two will be brought very soon. That's all we are saying at this stage!
Last Updated (Monday, 14 October 2013 19:41)