Motoring madness in May

by Anonymous Author

Motoring enthusiasts from all across the country will be descending on Ashburton this month for the 27th running of the annual Wheels Week.

The event kicks off this Friday with a quiz night and winds up with a street parade through Ashburton on May 21.

In between a wide variety of events celebrating both two and four-wheel machines will be held around the Ashburton district including a street sprint, a 4×4 mud plug, and plenty of opportunities to view both classic and modern cars and motorcycles.

Wheels Week started 27 years ago when a group of motoring enthusiasts recognised there were a variety of wheels related events happening within a few months of each other and it was decided to combine them into one week.

The objective of the first committee was to promote the event and attract events into the fold, this task fell on the shoulders of Ingrid Temple, who worked with a passion for the first few years, attracting new events and sponsors, and growing the event to what it has become.

Through the years events have come and gone but the core events, such as the swap meet, the speedway, the street sprints and the grand finale, the street parade, have remained and grown in size and popularity.

This year there are 28 individual events so there are no shortage of wheels related attractions. It is estimated the event attracts in excess of 18,000 visitors to Ashburton over its duration.

This year sees a number of new events starting with the car show at the Americar club rooms. This show features all types of cars, trucks, fire engines and other vehicles with the proceeds going to the local fire brigade’s museum extension.

Another new and unique event on Sunday, May 7, is a rare opportunity to view a private and unique collection of more than 120 restored vintage tractors at 440 Corbetts Road. Also on Sunday a 4×4 mud plug event will be held at Alford Forest.

It is all high-revving action at the annual street sprints on the weekend of May 13–14. With full fields this promises to be an action-packed event and credit must go to the Ashburton Car Club volunteers who go to considerable trouble and expense to stage this event, which draws huge crowds from all over the country.

The grand finale of Wheels Week is the street parade on May 21. This year at the conclusion of the parade all vehicles will be on display at the corner of Bridge Street and Seafield Road. This event attracts all manner of vehicles and is organised by the Pakeke Lions club and is a unique opportunity to see these vehicles up close. Full details are available at