Supercheap Auto Powercruise 61 proved why the concept is so popular across the ditch during the April 15–17 event held at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Car enthusiasts from all areas of motorsport gathered for a multitude of disciplines and a fun weekend.

Hot rods, street machines, and daily drivers were all welcome onto the track for a very generous time of racing, with a few extra events to test their driving skills and the performance of their vehicles.

The Nulon Powerskids proved popular with the contestants who had a wild motor and lots of rubber to burn to get the longest and smokiest skid. The rules were simple: no brakes allowed!

The burnout pad was certainly a spectator favorite, with Ricky Ireland giving his Holden Ute the jandal, and proving once again his combination of raw horsepower and a light rear end is a good one, smoking the tyres till they blew in a very short time span.


The event was definitely what the punters came for; three generous cruise sessions each day around the spectacular track had all types of cars full of family members and friends benefiting from all the late nights, sweat, and tears to get their vehicles to the standard of their choice and able to cruise it. The smiles from inside these vehicles will be forever etched in our minds.

As with events like this, all types of classic and sports cars could be seen spread all around the venue — although this 2016 Lamborghini Aventador was a true standout.

All in all, it was another great Powercruise event, even if the numbers were down a little on previous years. It was great to see families and lovers of all types of vehicles out there all having fun together, sharing their passion with one another, and driving the wheels off their machines.

If you missed out, the next one takes place at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on November 11–13.