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Capital Rodders was formed in late 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.

Club meetings are held at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of each month, except December. The clubrooms open around 7pm. The meetings usually have lots of laughs especially the Sheriff's Fine Session. Visitors are always welcome.

Potential members
So as 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
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 raided $21,100 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

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 seven Life Members - Anne Mears, Gavin Doughty, Lynnda Bouzaid, Alan Eagar, Glenys Eagar, Robbie Eastham and Lois Eastham.

The club committee is:

President: Paul Georgantas
Secretary: Sue Gray
Treasurer: Barry Cullen
Committee Members: Murray Hartley, Simon Bartlett, Pru Cullen, Ricky Eastham and Gordon Crozier

If they are paid by 31 August they are $75 for individual membership (which includes the $40 to NZHRA) and $130 for couples. After 1 September they are $95 and $150 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 have our own bar and a licenced manager.

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
Our club has an impressive number of cups and trophies. Prize giving is held in November at the Prize Giving/Christmas Party.

Briefly there are awards for: Top Vehicle, Most Improved Vehicle, Most Valuable Member, Most Outstanding Member, and Best Participating Rodder. There are also fun awards such as Gunna, Shit Stirrer, Normie Gnome.

Badges are awarded to those who have been members for 10 years and every additional 5 years.

How Can I Join?
If you are interested in joining Capital Rodders you can make contact with a committee member, or come along to a meeting, or start the process by downloading and completing this form (excel) and emailing it to our contact email. Club info for new members can be downloaded here.

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