Awards offer chance to turn cars into costumes

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Old car parts are set to make a statement in Timaru.
Plans are well under way for the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop 2017 Wearable Parts Awards being held on March 18. Contestants are being asked to design an outfit from car, motorbike or caravan parts.
The Rock and Hop event will feature classic, custom and vintage cars, bikes and caravans from throughout New Zealand, congregating in Timaru from the Friday through to the Sunday for a weekend of ’50s and ’60s nostalgia and festivities.
The event will raise money for Hospice South Canterbury.
Caroline Bay Rock and Hop 2017 committee member Ann Brown hoped the wearable parts awards would be so successful it might be developed into a standalone event.
She had seen a similar event held in Wanaka and had suggested the idea for the Rock and Hop event.
‘‘I made the suggestion and it’s just grown from there,’’ Mrs Brown said.
‘‘We’re hoping it might become a bit of an icon for Timaru and it could become a standalone event.’’
However, as it was the first time the event was being held, they hoped to ‘‘get it going and then grow from there’’, she said.
All outfits entered in the awards needed to comprise 70% of car parts, she said.
‘‘I’ve seen costumes in similar events made of headlights and blinkers.’’
The awards will be part of entertainment line-up at the Rock and Hop, and the outfits will be modelled on a catwalk. A bestdressed fashion prize, bands and rock and roll dancing will be included.
‘‘We’re encouraging people to get creative and look through their garages and parts to make an outfit,’’ Mrs Brown said. – Enter online at www.carolinebayrockandhop.co.nz or contact Ann Brown on 0274 448-857.