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Americarna 2009

Americarna’s first event was in February 2007. The principals the event was founded on have not changed. The goal is to celebrate American Car Culture.

So Classic, Vintage, Modern, Pickups, Hot Rods, and if it is American or American themed then Americarna is for you, this includes Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycles.

We visit Opunake, Waitara, Inglewood Stratford, and Hawera over the first three days if the event. Each event on the Friday night New Plymouth CBD is closed and only entrants’ vehicles can enjoy the side by side Friday night cruising. The Friday night is legendary and enjoyed by entrants and the public.

Inglewood on the Thursday night closed road event attracts thousands of people who come to enjoy the cars and the atmosphere the event provides; many schools and other organisations benefit from the funds they raise via various food stalls.

Our return trip to New Plymouth from Hawera on the Friday we return to the city via Mangorei Road, this is another feature of the event as the whole road comes out to enjoy the cars cruising past.

Saturday we again close the New Plymouth CBD and park the cars on display. There are areas dedicated for children with numerous activities they are involved in for free.

Bands playing and a city alive with thousands out to enjoy everything Americarna offers and primarily that the unique vehicle the entrants bring to the event.

Saturday night we have an entrants only Classic Cover Americarna Farewell party at the TSB Stadium. Typically, around 900 people attend, it is a great night and the opportunity to farewell new friendships formed.

We also giveaway a range of spot prizes from those who parked in the CBD at the Americarnival. Typically, around $15,000.

So, if you have not been to Americarna then register and come and see what you have missed. And for those that have, we look forward to seeing again! Americarna welcomes this opportunity to host you in New Plymouth, Taranaki, NZ.

John Rae
Event Director