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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the years we have run national events like the 1989 and 1996 Street Rod
Nationals, and the 1995 National Hot Rod Show.
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.
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:
Secretary: Sue Gray
Treasurer: Barry Cullen
Committee Members: Scott Hay, Murray Hartley, Pru Cullen, Gav Doughty
and Simon Bartlett
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.
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.
Rodders Clubrooms in a larger map
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
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.
Our club has an impressive number of cups and trophies. Prize giving is
held in November at the Prize Giving/Christmas Party.
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.
are awarded to those who have been members for 10 years and every additional
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.