Pictured recently at Caledonian Park, from left: Lee Thompson (Account Manager, Northpine) with Waipu Lions members and Show organisers Malcom Norton, Keith Bishop and Ron Cave. On Waitangi Day next summer, Caledonian Park will host 700-800 cars and bikes, and thousands of spectators enjoying the Northpine Waipu Car and Bike Show.

November 5, 2021

Sponsorship deal for car & bike show wheels

The Waipu Car and Bike Show now has a major sponsor.

Organisers Waipu Lions Club have announced local timber manufacturer Northpine as the event’s Principal Sponsor for the next two years.

Established in 2015 as a fundraiser for local charities, the increasingly popular annual event is held at Caledonian Park (Waipu) on the Sunday of the Waitangi long weekend.
Waipu Lions spokesperson Ron Cave says the one-day Show has grown steadily in those seven years and, quite apart from the fun aspect of the many vehicles to be seen and admired, is becoming a significant money-spinner for local businesses in midsummer.

“All the proceeds go to local groups and charities. In the past six years, we’ve distributed over $100,000. Last year it was around $35,000. There were about 720 cars, 140 bikes, so it’s getting to be a big event and our main challenge now is to keep the Show manageable and enjoyable for all participants, over 80 volunteer workers, and thousands of spectators. We’re not trying to be the biggest Car and Bike Show in the country, but we do want it to be the most enjoyable and friendly.”

Waipu Lions Club president Malcolm Norton says the involvement of local timber company Northpine as the ‘name sponsor’ is timely and most welcome. 

“Organising an event of this size is costly, so having Northpine on board helps enormously. It gives us a big head start so more money can be given to local causes afterwards,” he says.

Northpine general manager Bruce Larsen says the commitment to helping Waipu Lions and the many volunteers who literally run the show is a “good fit” for the firm.

“We like to get involved whenever we can to help the people of Bream Bay. The local Lions Club have excellent organisational skills, so we’re just giving them a helping hand. We hear great feedback from the locals every year about how good the show has become, so we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Everyone’s a winner with a well-run, popular event like this.”

The Northpine Waipu Car and Bike Show is a one-day extravaganza scheduled for Sunday 6 February 2022 at Caledonian Park.

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