Surf City Rod And Custom Club

Surf City Rod And Custom Club


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Spread the word and get your clubmates to pull finger, you don't want to miss the Coolest event of the year!!
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Here's some pics of a few of the cars as they head past the Loisels Beach turn-off on their way to Anaura Bay on Sunday. Pic credit to the amazing team Teresa & Graham Torrie - thanks guys!🙂
What an awesome event. My family and I are here on holiday and my son is a hardcore motorhead. Glad we got to see a bit.
Here are a couple of snaps I took.
Thanks for the cool event.
Missed the run to tolaga for bear
Would’ve been keen as
Surf City Rod and Custom Club wish to thank the following sponsors for their support of our 2019 Rod Run, without the help of these businesses it would not have been the success it was

Bears Signs, Pacific Haulage, The ToolShed, Enterprise parts, Carters Building Supplies, Hunting and Fishing,
NZ safety Blackwoods, BNT, Gisborne Tyres/Goodyear,
Bay Trade, Rob Harvey Panelbeaters,
Bensons Auto Clinic, Repco,Barwicks, Evolution Automotive,
The Tyre General, Sweethouse Engineering, Eastland OiI,
Pit Stop, Corys Electrical, Riverdale Auto Parts,
Endeavor Chartered Accountants, Auto Tyres and Service Centre, Martins Party Hire, Tradezone, Gisborne Auto Electrics, Elite Industrial Engineering, Makaraka Butchery,
Chainsaw and Mower Services ltd,
Easts outdoor work and Leisure, Tumu Timbers, Bunnings,
The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationary, Noel Leemings,
Grubs Wireworks.

The Surf City Rod and Custom Club was incorporated on 23rd December 1970. It was put to the vote whether the club winds up or goes int recess.

Sadly early club minutes weren't dated so it unclear when the first meeting had been held. There had been an earlier group called Surf City Rodders who had interestingly held the same PO Box number and used the same picture in their logo.Unfortunately there are no known records of when that group was formed. Early club activities were centered around club meetings, car trails, displays, slide eve

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 13/02/2022

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post


Christy & Charley both posting quick times in the caddy and alot of fun had by all


Grasskana pt2

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 13/02/2022

Even with 100 mile a hour winds today Surf City had a good turn out of members for a grasskana. Not much timing was done but a lot of laughs and driver swapping happened.

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 08/02/2022

Darren McKinley's bucket he build in the mid 90s

Photos from Rick Brenchley's post 05/01/2022

Photos from Rick Brenchley's post


Coffee stop in the Waioeka gorge on route to a Whakatane run.

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 21/11/2021

Round the sheds today, Great turn out with a few more sheds to visit.


Reece's 33 and Grub's 34


Sean Hamptons recently sold car


R.I.P. Mike


Here a great cause,


Great weekend away at Eastside's Polar Bear Run for all of us from Surf City who attended. We managed to collect a few top awards (just a bonus) . We'll done team. Can't wait for the next one to have a few more swimmers and get our rocker covers dialed in. Congratulations to Eastside Streetrods Inc for putting on a great Run.


Surf City Heading south for the Polar Run Eastside's Polar Bear Run


Our A.G.M. will be on the 6th of July at 7p.m. All members are asked to attend please.


NZHRA Street Rod Nationals Update:

A big thank you to the following sponsors for their support so far...
Kip McGrath Rotorua
The Toy Shed
American Customs and Classics
Colin Prouse Vehicle Certifications
Red Stag Timber
Battery Zone Rotorua
JC Auto Body Restorations
Birchall and Maunder
Yerex Upholstery
Mag and Turbo

For those yet to register we have power and non power sites still available at the venue. This is a great way to enjoy the onsite atmosphere.

On Sunday afternoon a few of us enjoyed running through the planned cruise for the Nationals.

Here are the boys in discussion at one of the stop offs -


The full version from Haggis covering our 2021 MTF Finance Gisborne 50th anniversary.
Beach Boys co-founder Brain Wilson and Jan Berry must have had Gisborne Surf City Rod and Custom club in mind when they wrote the lyrics for Jan and Deans hit Surf City, expressly the line ""You know we're going to Surf City gonna have some fun ...” because the 400 odd people in 165 cars that attended the clubs MTF Finance Gisborne 50th anniversary run sure got a heap of fun in what has become a text book rod run for the club.
The club has become known for their excellent bi annual rod run which they started running back in 1983 after successfully running 3 NZHRA shows previous. These runs are based on the good ol formula of, feed them well, look after the kids and give them a good time value for money event and the entrants weren't let down at this special event.
If you were heading to the event from the North the township of Opotiki looked like a scene from American Graffiti with rods rolling into the town in time to grab a bite of lunch and to top up with gas before the two hour cruise through the Waioeka Gorge. Riverside Rodders grabbed the opportunity to take the extra days before the event and explore the spectacularly beautiful East Coast, heading the long way around the on the Pacific Highway which by all accounts is yes beautiful, but the road is far from it!!!
Registrations opened Friday night with free, mean as "Bernie Burgers" and chips and you we able to wash it down with well priced beers and mixes. This night gave everyone the chance to catch-up with old friends and admire the rods and front- engine Rail on display along with Trevor Johnson's 34 (check year) Pickup now owned by Bruce Johnson. This was built in the early 60s and was at the first Rotorua, Sulphur City show. A great piece of rodding history pulled out of a shed and displayed after a number of years.
More great food rolled out in the form of an awesome breakfast Saturday morning, with plenty of variety to satisfy the pickiest eaters, then it was time to roll out through the city centre to the show and shine set in the local rose gardens along- side the Turanganui River in downtown Gisborne. This gave entrants time to check out the local shopping and eateries or take in the museum and farmers market next to the display or take in the Harvest Cider factory plant and do a bit of tasting including an alcoholic Ginger Beer !!!! . Later the Paul Kingsland Boat Racing Challenge, won by Whakatane R&CC, was held along with rocker cover racing, while some took the trip to the once famous Smash Palace Bar which seems to have lost a bit of its gloss over the years but still worth a looksee.
An impromptu grass-kana was held at the show grounds venue which gave everyone, including Arron Beere on his mobility scooter instead of his choice Buick, the chance to kick-up a BIT !!! of dust before heading for a clean-up ready for the nights meal. Again some- thing to satisfy everyone's taste buds and plenty of it. Belly's filled it was time for the president of the NZHRA Tony Robinson to give his short speech and present the plaque for the club turning 50 and the band Piston Broke fired up for a night of good ol rock music. Bit loud for some who headed to their motels to carry on partying.
Sundays breakfast again was unbelievable and the cars soon rolled out for the cruise up the coast to the beautiful Anaura Bay, where the campground provided the ideal spot right next to the beach and a picnic lunch was provided. Most entrants making the return trip stopped at the historic Tolaga Bay Wharf and did the walk to the end of the longest wharf in New Zealand at 660 metres.
The finals of the rocker cover racing were run before again another great meal, which was followed by humorous and enlightening speeches by past and present members along with a roll call of overseas members who wanted to attend but couldn’t due to covid. A 50th cake cutting ceremony by founding and life member Bryan Scott along with the clubs youngest member Charlie Holmberg was done and a plaque was also presented by Whakatane Rod and custom club for the years of support from Surf City to their club. Life membership was also given to a surprized Simon Cornwell for his years of service. Prize giving for top 5, sponsor's choice and hard luck were presented. Full credit to Dave and Frances Green winning MTF Finance Gisborne sponsors choice with their 34 Oldsmobile coupe which has been on the road for over 30 years now. Not to be outdone with a bit of history was Geoff and Joy Adlington who deservedly won top 5 with their rebuilt 38 Ford sedan. The cool part about their win was the couple showed their 38 at the 1980 2ZG Hot Rod Show held at the Gisborne Army Hall and won in their class. According to Geoff they had a great time over the New Year period of the Show and received another prize 9 months later with the arrival of their child. Good time is right. The evening was a quiet one with past members that were there catching up and having group photos. Thanks here to Squeak Bell for his foresight. Neat touch was the 70s News Reviews, the clubs newsletter were copied and put out on the tables. A visit to MOTAT will remind those that used to print it what a Gestetner looks like. Not that they need reminding.
Monday morning rolled out another one of those breakfast before farewells, but not before everyone was offered muffins for the ride home.
One of the best fantastic value for money, enjoyable weekends that you could ask for. Well done to the current 31 members of Surf City Rod and Custom Club and their partners.
A tip of the hat to Founder and first President Frank Pitcher, who was thankfully able to attend the event. Also founder and life member -Bryan Scott accompanied by his long suffering wife Jill, and other founders Weed, Eric (RIP) and Mike Philips, Laurence Smith, Trevor Dyer and others for having the foresight and get-up and go to get the club up and running where others before them had failed. They and past members have left a legacy that has put Surf City Rod and Custom Club on a pinnacle that clubs aspire to and the current club members can be justifiably proud of the huge efforts put in by this early group in years past. Wit out their efforts and tenacity the club would not exist today.
No event is possible without the support of its sponsor's and the club thanks

MTF Finance Gisborne

Elite Industrial, Bears Signs, Cheviot Hills. GMS Hot Rods, Autotech Eastlands, Grubs Wireworks, Chainsaw and Mower Services, Gisborne Motors, BNT, Enterprise, Dions Dogs, Repco, Hillcrest Upholstery, Harvest Cider Cidery, Carters Building Supplies, The tyre General, Graham and Dobson Ltd, Blueprint imaging, Mico plumbing, Firstlight Frozen, Corys Electrical, Tumu ITM, Currie Construction, Tradezone, Gisborne Refrigeration, Floyd’s Jalopy Shop, Linkup Paint Supplies, Gisborne Hydraulic Service

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 18/04/2021

We met Eastside Streetrods Inc at Mahia for lunch today, what a great day for cruising and good company.


Always an entertaining day.


Surf City Rod and Custom Club, would like to thank the following for their sponsorship of our MTF Finance Gisborne, 50th anniversary rod run.

MTF Finance Gisborne.
Elite Industrial Engineering, Bears Signs, Cheviot Hills, Gms Hot Rods, Autotech Eastland, Grubs Wireworks, Chainsaw and Mower Services, Gisborne Motors, Eastland Oils, Bunnings, Goodyear Gisborne, BNT, Enterprise, Dions Dogs, Repco, Hillcrest Upholstery, Harvest Cidery, Carter's Building Supplies,
The Tyre General, Graham and Dobson Ltd, Blueprint imaging, Mico plumbing, Firstlight Frozen, Corys Electrical,
Tumu ITM, Currie Construction, Tradezone, Gisborne Refrigeration,
Floyd's Jalopy Shop, Linkup Paint supplies, Gisborne Hydraulic Services, Bruce Johnson and Makaraka Butchery.

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 03/02/2021

couple more photos from the weekend

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 29/01/2021

While at the show on Saturday morning it was decided to do a impromptu grasskhana.....

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 27/01/2021

Sunday Nights Prize Giving

Top 5 (Randomly)

Grant & Kelly Precious, 54' Belair

Brendon & Julie Armstrong, 34' Coupe

Squeak Bell, 40' Coupe

PJ & Tania Middleton-Jenkins, Model 'A'

Geoff & Joy Adlington, 38' Coupe

Members Choice
Mike & Dianna Roberts, 28' Pickup

Sponsor's Choice
David & Frances Green, 34' Coupe

Best Represented Club
Eastside Streetrods Inc

Boat Racing
Whakatane Rod & Custom Club Inc

Rocker Cover Racing
Woody Woodcock


Poker Run
Dr Death

Hard Luck
Leslie Harris

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 26/01/2021

A couple shots from Saturday and Sunday's shows.


Rainbow of rods


Show n Shine this Saturday 23rd Jan, see over 150 cars from all over NZ on display down at the Rose gardens from 10am - 2pm.


9 sleeps to go!

If you have entered and haven't heard from us please email us, some addresses have bounced back or didn't work thanks,
[email protected]

Entries have now closed. Looking forward to see you all real soon.

P.s. hope you all got your rocker covers sorted and are ready for the boat races.

Photos from Surf City Rod And Custom Club's post 10/01/2021

How's everyone's rocker covers coming along? Here's a couple of Surf City's members ones.


Wow, only a couple of weeks to go to the
"MTF Finance Gisborne's Surf City 50th Anniversary Rod Run"

This wouldn't be happening without the generous help from,

MTF Finance Gisborne

Elite Industrial Engineering
Bears Signs
Chainsaw & Mower Services
Cheviot Hills
GMS Hot Rods
Hillcrest Upholstery
Gisborne Motors Ltd
Dion's Dogz
Blueprint Imaging
Grub's Wire Works
First Light Frozen
Gisborne Refrigeration Services Ltd
Tumu ITM Gisborne
Mico Plumbing
Gisborne Hydraulic Services Limited
Graham & Dobson Ltd
Harvest Cidery
Currie Construction Ltd
Carters Building
The Tyre General
Goodyear Gisborne
Autotech Eastland
Corys Electrical
Eastland Oil & Engineering Supplies Ltd
Linkup Paints
Floyd's Jalopy Shop
Trade Zone

If you haven't already got your entry from in, this Friday the 8th is the last day for entry thanks.


Surf City had there annual Christmas dinner and prize giving yesterday. After a very nice lunch and a short speech from the president [ good practice for the end of January], the awards were handed out,
Reece Lister, best hot rod for his 34 coupe,
Jonno Higgins, best street machine 70 Camaro
Grub, best commercial, 34 delivery
Scotty, best modified stock, 39 Plymouth
Lips, best stock, 56 Victoria
Charlie Nield, Best Ford, 34 roadster
Jonno Higgins, best Chev, 70 Camaro
Jono Hall, best other, 64 Caddy
Sue Holmbery, best unfinished, 36 Coupe
Jonno Higgins, hard luck, cracked heads 70 Camaro
Sue Holmbery, most progressive, T bucket,
and Rodders mate was Grub.

Have a marry Christmas everyone and a safe new year and we'll see you all at our 50th anniversary



Well everything is falling into place for our 50th, its not far away now, we've just secured an exciting new site for the show n'shine on Saturday morning.
How's everyone's rocker cover racers coming along, all dialed in?

If you haven't got your entry in already here a link.

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