The subs are banging, the wheels are spinning, and the vehicles are glistening. The girls are in odd-shaped bikinis, and the lads all have bleached hair. No this isn’t some weird dream in a faraway land; this is Wellington Auto Salon, 2006. Take a step back in time and check out this sweet gallery that we dug out of the archives, from NZ Performance Car Issue No. 114. 

Do you recognize anybody in the crowd, or any of the vehicles? Let us know in the comments! 

René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.