Manfeild set for huge car culture weekend
CALL it ‘magnetic Manfeild’ – the Feilding venue’s ability to pull in huge crowds for a massive celebration of modern car culture is set to be demonstrated again this weekend.
Aimed at the modified after-market scene but also tailored to be family-friendly, the V4 (four-cylinder) and Rotary Chrome Expression and Jamboree over Saturday and Sunday enters its 10th year looking stronger than ever.
A schedule offering everything from passenger rides on world-renowned Circuit Chris Amon to sessions of racing, burnouts, drifting and drag racing, plus a big array of other entertainment, has become a proven recipe to attract a legion of fans, many from beyond this region.
“It’s a really amazing event … there’s a bit of everything at Jamboree and the addition of Chrome Expression just adds to that,” comments Manfeild events manager Jordyn Tate.
“You get to see cars on display and what they can do. There’s just so much there.”
Saturday’s schedule dedicates to Chrome Expression, a chance for a grass roots public participation into circuit cruising plus drifting, burnouts and general celebration.
Sunday gives over to Jamboree, the professional side, when the very best vehicles – some of which could have $100,000-$200,000 spent on them – and proudly displayed and demonstrated.
There’s a show and shine and chance to visit the trade exhibitors and some serious circuit-based activity with battle of the rookies drifting, the NZ Superlap Series, D1RC and DB Drags.
While the event is specifically named for four-cylinder and rotary-engined vehicles, it is open to all models, including cars with V6 and V8 engines.
Organiser Azhar Bhamji expects around 350 vehicles to involve in a weekend lending massive appreciation of the modified car scene.
Jamboree and associated V4 and Rotary events are all about getting the kids off the street and coming to a safe environment to let loose and have some fun, he says.
"We’ll get at least between 4000 and 5000 people through the weekend."
Chrome Expression is a new element he hopes will take root; it’s really about giving those who have cars but are outside any motorsport format a chance to try their skills and vehicles in the Manfeild environment.
“It’s about experiencing the venue, it’s a driver experience … if you’ve never been on the race track before it’s an opportunity to come and do it. There’s no competition element to it – it’s a fun day out.”
Says Mrs Tate: “It’s a real testament to Azhar and his team and how well they organise the events. The reason why it has such a following now is entirely due to the high standard he sets.”
“He runs a very professional show and continues to raise the bar every year.
“We have found Jamboree to be a fantastic way to lift our venue’s profile with a crowd that might otherwise not get to experience too much of Manfeild yet is, of course, passionate about cars, driving and performance.”
Both days run from 9am to 5pm. Kids under 10 are free and adult passes cost $25. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Further information about this event is on the Manfeild and 4andRotary Promotions websites and Facebook pages.
Caption: This weekend’s V4 and Rotary Chrome Expression and Jamboree at Manfeild promises plenty of tyre-smoking action.