Napier’s Art Deco Spectacular

art deco red carWhy can’t we have something like this in Kapiti?

By Bernie Randall and Alan Tristram (photos by Bernie)

Napier’s Art Deco has attracted another huge crowd — raising the question: Why can’t Kapiti do something similar?

We’ve got enough old cars for a start (think Southwards and Mayor Church’s former business).girl in art deco car

Meanwhile, last weekend in Napier Bernie enjoyed what’s become an international-known  festival of Art Deco magic. There literally is something for all ages…

The February event is associated in many people minds with dressing up in 1930’s fashion, vintage cars and vintage planes.

But there are also other events that the public are not so aware of.

bicycle bellesThe Bicycle Belles, for instance, where bicycles from the 20’s and 30’s are ridden along the walkway on Marine Parade.

Then on Sunday morning the Trolley derby is held where youngsters attired in period costumetrlolley derby race trolley’s down Tennyson St.


Gazebos, girls, fashion and food

Later in the afternoon Gazebos — and attractive girls — adorn the lawn in the fashion of the great Gatsby era.gazebo and girl

And, on top of the sheer pleasure for spectators, prizes are awarded for some of these events !

So why can’t the Kapiti Coast run a 1950’s postwar spectacular?

We’ve got the cars and motorbikes, the history (think WW2 Paekakariki and the US Marines), the musicians,

and the scenery.

Properly organised, the event could attract thousands each year.