Nelson Motor Show


Nelson’s biggest and best priced motor show is back for 2016, offering both local and visiting enthusiasts three days of wall to wall automotive pleasure.

Last year the show attracted around 6000 people to the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park and this year Steve Steele and his dedicated team of organisers expect an even better turn out. Get up close and personal with cars of all shapes and sizes, talk to owners about their restoration journeys and enjoy the great range of entertainment the Nelson Motor Show has to offer.

The icing on the cake of this festival of motor vehicles is all the fantastic prizes up for grabs, from clothing and automotive products to car batteries and even memberships to Kohatu Park, but you won’t win anything unless you’re there.

The show unofficially starts on Thursday, February 11, at Smugglers Bar and Café with a registration evening, which this year, will see one lucky participant walk away with an industrial style, stainless steel chilly bin, with contents of course.

The evening will start at 5pm for anyone wishing to get in early and register for the motor show, which includes the Lake Hope Cruize, Friday Nite Cruize, Nelson Motor Show formal and the public show, or simply come along for a catch up if you’ve already registered. Steve says 2016 will see a much simpler system for signing up, with each cars number plate acting as their registration information, registrations will also be taken on the day for the public show.

Day one officially begins on Friday, February 12, with the Lake Hop Cruize, a day out exploring the beautiful Nelson Lake area, then at 5:30pm, locals will get a taste of what’s to come at the public show when entrants take their cars for a spin in the Friday Nite Cruize. Cars will assemble at The Speights Ale House with the planned route taking them through Richmond, Stoke, Nelson and Tahunanui. A map of their exact route is included in this feature, so get to your nearest location and watch some impressive cars pass by. Drivers will then return to Speights Ale House for a catch up and the chance to win prizes, vouchers and gift baskets.

Saturday, February 13, marks the start of the public show where owners from New Plymouth to Invercargill will have their pride and joy on display. Last year the show featured over 400 cars, and a number of trade stalls for people to explore. There will be plenty of kids activities including a bouncy castle and car rides round the holiday park, while the army will be set up to answer any enquiries.

There are heaps of prizes for the public to win too, from products, to vouchers and cash, all you need to do is vote in the People’s Choice section and your voting slip will become your entry into the prize draws. For $5 you can also purchase a Nelson Motor Show book which has entry slips into a variety of other prize draws, including the very popular ‘drift in the General Lee’.

Things don’t end there though, Saturday night is jam packed with entertainment in the form of the Nelson Motor Show Formal. Everyone’s welcome to attend, either put on a t-shirt and tie or go the whole hog in your formal attire and join in the fun at The Speights Ale House, where dinner at 5:30pm will roll into a continuous Happy Hour from 7:30pm for motor show fans.

A live band will be playing all the music you know and love, while security will be provided overnight for anyone that needs to leave their cars at the ale house.

Sunday offers a second chance for the public to see the beauty of American muscle, all the way through to modern day automotive technology, and being the final day, the show will conclude with the much anticipated prize giving. The Nelson Motor Show features 40 trophies, from the traditional titles of Show Champion, and People’s Choice, to the more bizarre awards for, ‘work in progress’, ‘shit that’s different’ and ‘unique modifications’, to name a few.

A variety of refreshments will be available for sale on the day too, with adult entry just $10 and show entrant drivers and children under 15 free.

The Nelson Motor Show wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of so many sponsors, and the support of several local businesses is much appreciated by Steve and his team. Entrance to the show is off Parkers Rd, or main entrance off Beach Road, with traffic management provided by Asphalt and General, and free parking for all public cars within the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park. The Nelson Motor Show encourages everyone to support their sponsors as they make the show a reality. The public show on Saturday and Sunday will start at 10am and run until 4pm.