Huge Crowds enjoy Big Boys Toys 2013
Big Boys Toys again showed that it is the country’s premier lifestyle and entertainment show for men with huge crowds flocking to the recent three day show.
35,333 people attended this year’s show, enjoying the action, activity and adrenalin on offer over three days at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.
Crowds were treated to a dynamic schedule of extreme sport in the Skinny Mobile Action Arena. Top of the billing was world FMX superstar – Levi Sherwood who enthralled capacity crowds with the moves that showed why he is nicknamed – “The Rubberman”. Sherwood was joined on an FMX dirt ramp, especially sculpted for Big Boys Toys, by local legends – Luke Smith and Mitch ‘Maddog’ McCarthy.
The Drive Rush stunt driving team showed precision driving stunts at their best, including Peter Bell driving his sedan around the Arena on two wheels with Briana balanced on the top side of the car, and then flipping onto a ute.
The Skinny Mobile Action Arena programme was rounded out by the country’s finest BMX park riders showing off their tricks and flips, stunts from the best wakeboarders in the country, and military shows from Tank Boy.
The Tui Public House was a very popular spot at Big Boys Toys. Outstanding comedians Ben Hurley, Guy Williams, Jarred Fell & Jamie Bowen drew laughs from the most hardened of men, while live bands and DJ sets from Hauraki’s Mikey Havoc went down a treat. The Tui Public House also featured the Tui Summer Simulator, Tackle a Tui and darts competitions making it a feature destination for patrons to the show.
The BBT Drive Hall was an unmissable attraction at Big Boys Toys featuring classic cars to super cars, vehicles you can drive home to vehicles you dream of owning, marine craft to motorcycles.
Giltrap Group had one of the feature sites in BBT Drive presenting a showcase of luxury and performance vehicles from Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren & Porsche.
In describing their experience at the show, Giltrap Group said -
“Overall the weekend was an exceptional success, allowing everyone to get up close to some of the most powerful and exotic cars in the country. We can’t wait to return next year to see how other exhibits match up!”
Other leading car manufacturers in the BBT Drive were Nissan, Renault, Suzuki, and Volvo showcasing their latest vehicles.
BBT Drive was a mecca for motorcycle lovers with the latest on two wheels from leading motorcycles manufacturers - BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Honda, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.
From amazing machines of an automotive kind, to some of a human specification, Big Boys Toys featured finely tuned athletes in its Health & Fitness Hall. The hall was anchored by CrossFit Auckland’s ‘Battle of the Fittest’ which saw 140 of New Zealand’s top CrossFit athletes push themselves to the absolute limit. There were also competitions from NZ Armwrestling.
The Health & Fitness Hall proved a hit with the public, with companies such as Again Faster, Industrial Athletic, Nutritional Systems, Metal Athletic, NZ Muscle, Reebok, and Under Armour showing off their products and services at the start of summer.
The Lifestyle and Electronics Hall featured the latest in gadgets and technology from the likes of LG, AV World, Skinny Mobile, Just Laptops, Replay & Parrot. This hall was also highlighted by the Mother Bar and the Hauraki Site which hosted two super-cars in a Ferrari Enzo and a rare Mercedes Benz McLaren Stirling Moss edition.
The Outdoor Action area drew big crowds to see the best digger operators in Auckland compete in the Auckland Regional Operator Excavator Champs. The Big Lift, the first major forklift competition in the country, presented by Lowie Recruitment and AB Equipment, was also a hit with the public.
Other halls that proved popular at the show were the Show n Shine Hall showing off 28 amazing private vehicles, and Hall 5 which featured Robotics and Little Boys Toys.
This year’s show was the 14th time that Big Boys Toys has led the way as the biggest and most notable men’s lifestyle and entertainment expo in New Zealand. Planning is well underway for next year’s show from 7-9 November with it shaping up to be “bigger, ballsier and better” than ever for the show’s 15 year anniversary.