Swamp Run shifts to Sunday

Fans of cool classic cars should note that there’s an important date change for one of the area’s most popular events next month, when the Black Swamp Rod Run takes place on Sunday, January 3.

Normally the annual cruise of muscle cars, hot rods and bikes takes place on the first Saturday of the year, but Saturday, January 2, clashes with the annual Mangawhai Gala, so organisers have moved the run to the following day.

Everything else is running as usual, however, starting with registration and public viewing at Mangawhai Domain from 9am, followed by a driver briefing at 10am and the command to “start your engines” at 10.45am.

The cars and bikes will drive up to Waipu, returning via Mangawhai Heads Road to Black Swamp Orchard for a family fun afternoon, with music by SlickBack Rockabilly between 1pm and 4pm.

The Paparoa Lions food truck will be serving bacon and egg rolls at the domain first thing, and more hot food at the orchard in the afternoon. There will also be a coffee cart at the morning muster.

The Black Swamp Rod Run is open to all classic car, hot rod and bike enthusiasts, and all makes and models are welcome. Entry costs $20 per car and only registered run entrants can attend the family fun day at Black Swamp Orchard.

All are welcome to view the cars at Mangawhai Domain before the run and entry is free, though a gold coin donation for Otamatea High School is encouraged. The event is cash only – there will be no Eftpos available.

Info: Sandra on 0275 310 788

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