September Update

September Update

You will remember that in June we ran an incentive for entrants to register early. This was so well received with a notable boost in registrations, that we ran a similar incentive in July. Our entries are now well over 500 vehicles – we’ve put the pedal to the metal and our organising team are going in to overdrive to ensure the success for the festival


While registrations closed at the end of August, we will still accept late entries, so if you are yet to decide on whether to enter or not, there is still time. Don’t miss out on what will be a great event and quite possibly the last of this type of VCC event in the foreseeable future.

At the time of writing, the vintage and post vintage era of vehicles make up the largest groups currently registered.

Covid Cancellation Policy

The recent level 4 Covid lockdown is a reminder to us that Covid restrictions can eventuate at any time.

The Festival Committee has always been aware that the International Festival of Historic Motoring could be affected by a Covid outbreak. Discussions with the VCC Management Committee prior to the current lockdown, have resulted in the decision being made that if the VERO International Festival of Historic Motoring is cancelled due to Covid, a full refund of entry fees will be provided. 

Camper Vans

A reminder that there is space available at the New Plymouth Racecourse for self-contained campervans only. Please note there are no facilities or amenities available on this site and racehorse trainers do arrive nearby from approximately 5.00am each morning. The cost is very reasonable. For further information please contact the festival secretary. Mark Masters.

Vehicle identity cards

Please remember that it is mandatory for entrants to have a current Identity Card for their vehicle.  This must be done before the start of the festival, so it is important to get this sorted now and don’t leave it to the last minute and risk missing out. The forms for applying for an ID Card are available on line from the VCC website. If you have any problems down loading or completing these forms, please contact your branch secretary for assistance.

Merchandise, Evening meals and Festival destination lunches

Merchandise and food are available on a pre order basis as a way to keep the costs at a reasonable level. In the next few weeks an order form will be sent to all entrants pertaining to ordering merchandise and booking meals at the Festival HQ

The order form for merchandise will give full details of the products available. The clothing items will have options for size and colour. As the clothing is being supplied by a NZ based corporate clothing distributor, English sizing will be applicable. These items will be available for collection on site during registration at the Festival HQ on Sunday 16th January.

Food pre ordering

Evening Meals – The order form will show evening menus, including desert, and costs for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, evenings. Dietary requirements will be catered for.

Lunches – Lunches can be pre-ordered for Monday, Wednesday and for those who travel to Whangamomona on Thursday. These will take the form of a packed lunch and will supplied by local community groups. 


Accommodation is still available, however if you haven’t booked yet we recommend you get in asap. Remember our sponsors, Plymouth Hotel and Auto Lodge and don’t forget to tell them you are attending the VERO International Festival of Motoring.


In my last report, I announced the entertainment programme and the outlined the themes for each night. Now would be a good time to start preparing your costume for each of these nights. Remember also, for the Inglewood Street Party we request that you dress in the era of your vehicle to add to the ambience of the event for entrants and the public alike.