Club Information



Capital Rodders Inc. All rights reserved.

Capital Rodders was formed in 1967. The club motto is "Dedicated to Safety" and reflects the desire to foster and promote hot rodding, to build and maintain vehicles in terms of the law. The club is affiliated to the NZ Hot Rod Assn.

Meetings are 7.30pm last Tuesday of each month (except December). The rooms open at 7pm. If you cannot attend, please give your apologies to a committee member or friend. Visitors are welcome. Bring along people interested in joining the club.

Potential members
To allow potential members to check us out as a club, and for our club to assess whether people will fit in with us, we usually suggest that potential members attend three events/meetings before being elected as members. Potential members are given a form to fill out to assist us with contact details.
See "how can I join" below.

Eligible vehicles/members
Capital Rodders caters for persons interested in a wide variety of vehicles both of USA origin and Australian classics, be they hot rod or street machine or drag racing vehicles. It is not necessary to own or be building a hot rod.

Lots of action
Membership is around 60, so our club is one of the biggest clubs in Wellington - our members come from Porirua, Johnsonville, Tawa, Wellington, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast.

As a club we do all sorts of things - since 2005 we have run the annual Guide Dogs Fun Run. To date we have raised over $20,000 for the Blind Foundation. We host a Swap Meet at Trentham in May, an auction night, trips to the Wairarapa and Horowhenua, video nights, end of year do, prize giving, rod runs, shed raids, picnics and attending national events.

Between 1989 and 2006 Capital Rodders successfully organised street drags in Porirua, Upper Hutt, and adjacent to Westpac Stadium. Currently we are in hibernation on this activity pending locating another suitable venue. Unfortunately suitable venues are almost impossible to find in Wellington with its hilly terrain - we need ½ kilometre at least.

Over the years we have run national events like the 1989 and 1996 Street Rod Nationals, and the 1995 National Hot Rod Show.

Garage Runs/Shed Raids

We run these twice a year - usually in May and October. The idea is to encourage members who are building vehicles in terms of progress and suggestions. It is also a fun time for those on the run, and usually ends with a BBQ. It sometimes assists members to also tidy up their garage. Visiting members also assist with voting for the most improved club vehicle.

Life Members
The club has a proud history and has nine Life Members - Lynnda and Tony Bouzaid, Gavin Doughty,  Alan Eagar, Glenys Eagar, Ricky Eastham, Robbie Eastham, Murray Hartley, Anne Mears.

The club committee for 2021-22 is:

President: Gordon Crozier
Vice President: Paul Georgantas
Secretary: Tracey Guy
Treasurer: Barb Macphail
Committee Members: Simon Bartlett, Ricky Eastham, Murray Hartley. 

Subs are $85 for individual membership (which includes the $40 to NZHRA) and $150 for couples and are due annually in June. If paid after 31 July they are $105 and $170 respectively.

Members voted in part way through the year may have a lesser sub.

Our clubrooms are on Onepoto Road, Porirua Harbour. We have been there since September 1997. They are the second to last of the boatsheds, next to the boat ramp on Onepoto Rd.

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The clubrooms are jointly owned with the Wellington Power Boat Club and are fantastic in terms of view and facilities. Both clubs have a common interest in V8s and speed and work well together.

We are lucky enough to have our own bar. With it comes the responsibility of complying with the NZ liquor law. Lynnda Bouzaid is our Licenced Bar Manager. We must not supply people who are under age or intoxicated. We always have food, non-alcoholic drinks and water. There are phone numbers for Dial-A-Driver and taxis beside the phone. Our Host Responsibility document is on display in the clubrooms.

The clubrooms are not available for public hire.

Fenderless Vehicles
Our club is keen to ensure members with NZHRA Log Books get them signed for taking their rod to sanctioned events. Our President signs log books for events run by our club.

Prize Giving
Prize giving is held in November at the Prize Giving/End of Year Function. The event is usually subsidised by the club. Briefly there are awards for: Top Vehicle, Most Improved Vehicle, Most Valuable Member, Most Outstanding Member, and Best Participating Rodder. There are also humorous awards such as: Gunna, Shit Stirrer, and Normie Gnome. Badges are awarded to those who have been members for 10 years; and for additional 5 years thereafter

How Can I Join?
If you are interested in joining Capital Rodders you can make contact with a committee member, or start the process by downloading and completing this form (excel) and bring it with you to a meeting, or you can email it to our contact email.

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