Now in its 29th year, Ashburton Wheels Week has become an iconic event in the petrolhead calendar

Wheels Week gets better with age

by Mike Isle

The annual pilgrimage by petrolheads to Ashburton for the iconic Wheels Week Plus promises to be one of the largest in the event’s 29-year history. Event secretary Peter Jacob said his organising committee had put together an action-packed programme for the event, which runs from May 4 to May 19.

First up, on May 4, is the Ashburton Vintage Car Club Swap Meet in Tinwald.

That is followed in swift order by the Ashburton Speedway Meet, the Americar Rod & Custom Club Show and vintage steam train rides at the Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum.

Looking at the programme, there appears to be an average of five to six events every day of Wheels Week.

Jacob said two highlights of the programme would be the addition for the first time of the Ashburton Forks Railway and the Brian Chang racing truck, which would make its appearance between races at the Street Sprints on Sunday, May 12.

More than 4,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the event, Jacob said.

“All the clubs and branches do an excellent job attracting people to these events, and many of the events are included on the national calendars of various organisations.

“The Street Sprints attracted a full field of entries, the speedway had several national titles on the line, and the Rotary Car Show had attracted over 200 cars. We also attract visitors from all over the South Island,” Jacob said.

Ashburton Wheels Week Plus May 4 to May 19. The full programme of events is at wheelsweek.co.nz. Principal sponsor is Greg Donaldson Contracting Ltd.