The New Brighton Rockabilly Show & Shine event in Christchurch was conceived in 2014 when some of the local custom and rod guys were asked if they were interested in bringing along a few cars as a warm up to a Rockabilly Ball. 11 weeks and a lot of serious hard work later, the first New Brighton Rockabilly Show & Shine was all go:
- 200+ cars on show
- A Rockabilly themed market
- 8000 people through the village
This was a fantastic start for the Show & Shine team.
Funds raised on the day and from the Rockabilly Ball went to New Brighton community group S.U.R.F.
Rockabilly Show & Shine has since taken on a life of its own.
In 2015 a core group of four, formalised Rockabilly Show & Shine as a company with a focus on promoting New Brighton as a destination and fund raising for local groups and causes. Along with the annual event Rockabilly Show & Shine began to run monthly cruises. Often these cruises have been themed around Christchurch people, groups and causes that need some extra support.
The New Brighton Rockabilly Show & Shine 2015 event attracted 250 display cars and brought around 8,000 people into the village. The market was humming with over 70 stalls. Funds raised after expenses, were donated to two community groups: New Brighton Project to help fund their annual Christmas Parade and the New Brighton Blanket Bank and Lyttelton Community House to help fund their Community Meals Program.
With a new location in Rawhiti Domain, 2016 was an event to remember. Around 350 display vehicles, 85 market stalls, bands, dancing and the Belle and Beau competition brought approx 9,000 people to enjoy the fun. The whole day was a great success.
Funds raised went to Guardians of Rawhiti, towards their natural play area in Rawhiti Domain, the New Brighton Cricket Club and the annual commitment Rockabilly Show & Shine has made to supporting the New Brighton Christmas Parade.
The weekly New Brighton Seaside Market joins us every year, getting into the spirit of Rockabilly with dance demos, specialist stalls and putting on the Belle & Beau competition!
Belle & Beau
Get your best gear on and come and strut your stuff! There are always fantastic prizes for Gals and Guys! Registration is on the day Gold coin donation entry.