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Latest News - 9 February 2017

Hi all......Well, not long now before Americarna 2017 kicks off, so like you, we're hopeful the weather will come right for the event! Apart from the far North and Hawkes Bay, most of New Zealand hasn't had summer yet, so fingers crossed.


The team is flat out, as you can imagine, getting everything finalised.
We have nailed the caterer for both functions to agree to the bar prices that we feel are acceptable, so I’m happy where we are with this.
Saturday Night Farewell Function
Dinner tickets will be on sale at registration during the event at $30 per person.  The menu and variety look great for the price.  Only those who purchase meal tickets will be allowed into the venue prior to 7:30 pm on Saturday night.  Those who are not having a meal can go upstairs to the bar until the function starts.
We still have some spots available for the Barnett’s Collection and Gallichan Dirt Bike Collection on Tuesday and Historic Speedway display, Wednesday.  So email Toni  if you want to do any of these.
There is still space for a few more cars here so again, email Toni if you want to be a part of that even in Hawera on Friday.
Registration this year is upstairs at the TSB Stadium as we have more room.  Should anyone not be able to climb stairs, get someone to let the registration staff know and they will come down to you. You must come to the registration centre to see us before participating in the event.  Here you will receive all your event ID and relevant information.    
Registration Hours

Tuesday 21st   1:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday 22nd 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday 23rd   9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 24th 8:00 am – 10:00 am

For those that have been before, you will know how to find your way to the Stadium.   
For those coming for the first time, if you’re coming south, when you hit New Plymouth, turn left at the end of the racecourse and follow your nose.  It’s Rogan Street – opposite the Boys High School.
From North, when you hit New Plymouth, stay in the left lane.  At the 4th set of lights, turn left (McDonald's will be to your right).  At the top of the hill turn right into Rogan Street.
This is our starting point for each day of the event except for Saturday.
Other Info
Breakfast is available on site Friday – again, good value for the money.
Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon the bar will open at the venue for you to have a drink and enjoy the time catching up with mates.
Car washing equipment will be on site.
Your daily Run Sheets handed out each morning, contain all the relevant information about what’s happening for that day.  Therefore, it’s vital you go to the Stadium each day and don’t second guess what we’re doing!
Z Energy is offering entrants 10 cents per litre off fuel purchases at participating stations from 20 – 26 February 2017.  To receive this discount please advise the Z staff that you are an Americarna entrant when you pay.  Obviously, during the event the Taranaki sites will recognise your entrant decal.

  • You must be fuelling your American car

  • The discount will not be valid for ‘pay at the pump’ purchases - You must pay in store

  • The discount is not available to those paying with a fuel card 

 Participating Z Energy Stations:
  • Te Kuiti

  • Wanganui – London Street & Dublin Street

  • Sanson

  • Marton

  • Palmerston North – Terrace End, Ferguson Street, Pioneer Highway & Fairway

  • All Taranaki stations – Hawera, Stratford, Inglewood, Courtenay Street, Merrilands & Waiwhakaiho

Now don’t go in with non-Americarna cars i.e. a valiant for example!
Well, that’s it from me, Toni will add a few bits now.
Hi! Just a few extra things to let you know about ...............

We will be running the Rest Home Run on Thursday 24 February, 10:00 am departure from the TSB Stadium.  If you are interested in offering your time for this great run, please let me know as soon as possible – 100+ cars are required.  You will be sent off in groups to visit residents at various rest homes.  You will return to the TSB Stadium after the run, in time to park and be ready to leave for the cruise to Waitara. 
Dress Up Themes 
Don’t forget to get into the theme for the week.  There will be daily prizes on offer.

  • Wednesday – Hawaiian

  • Classic Cover Wednesday night Welcome Function – Wild West

  • Thursday – 1950’s

  • Friday – Fancy Friday (Whatever takes your fancy)

  • Saturday night Finale Function – 1950’s Rock n Roll

For the ladies:
The Beauty School Drop Outs, Pamper Parlour, will be onsite upstairs at the Stadium during the week of the event, downtown Saturday and back at the TSB Stadium late Saturday afternoon.  So, you can ‘pamper’ yourself, get your hair & makeup done and get into the 1950’s theme.  Catch up with Fran during the week to secure a ‘pamper’ time. 
Retro – O - Rama Vintage Market
There will also be a small vintage market upstairs at the registration centre.  The following stalls will be onsite:

  • Retro America – Retro products

  • Straight Cut Clothing – Hot Rod, Rockabilly & pin up clothing

  • Unkle Sams – Ed Roth paints, Hot Rod & kustom culture DVD’s, magazines etc

  • Grandpas Garage – Hot Rod models, collectible tees & posters

  • 19 Black – shoes, clothing & accessories

  • Cobalt Heights – Clothing, shoes, accessories specialising in handbags

  • Chris’s Clothing – Men’s & Ladies retro clothing and accessories

  • Vigilantee Apparel – Hot Rod, rockabilly, and alternative apparel.  Infants – Adults

  • Barisa – NZ produced jewelry, crochet & embroidered goods and hairclips

  • Moxie Mama – Women’s clothing & accessories & kids wear

  • Retro Stickers – Stickers & prints


The following vendors will be onsite outside:

  • Born in the USA – Tin sings, memorabilia

  • Four Surfers – leather jewelry, handbags

  • Kiwi Metal Art – Metal art

  • Smash Palace – Auto restoration & custom paint


Smits Group – Meguiars / Rislone / Peak
Smits Group will be attending Americarna with their range of Meguiars car care products.  They have a special offer for entrant’s which will be in your registration folder at the event. So be sure you catch up with them at the various locations during the week - TSB Stadium, Opunake, Inglewood, Hawera & New Plymouth CBD.
Subway Hawera
We welcome Subway Hawera on board as a supporter of Americarna. They are located on the corner of Argyle and High Street.  Pop in to see them while we are in Hawera on Friday and build your choice of sandwiches or wraps.
Busing Russell Chartered Accountants
The Americarna Team thanks Busing Russell for their Gold-level sponsorship of the 2017 event.  This modern Taranaki-based accounting firm covers all areas of commercial, rural and personal accounting services. 
 Safe travels, see you in a couple of weeks,

JR, Toni and TVET Board.