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.
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
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 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.
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 for 2019-20 is:
Vice President: Paul Georgantas
Co-Secretaries: Gav Doughty & Tracey Guy
Treasurer: Diana Cudby
Committee Members: John Algar, Gordon Crozier, Ricky Eastham, Murray Hartley, and Mark Hawken
If paid by 1 September, Subs are $80 for individual membership (which
includes the $40 to NZHRA) and $140 for couples. After 1 September they
are $100 and $160 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.
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.
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 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.
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.