Most people have ‘heard’ of the Big Boys Toys show…but many don’t really know ‘what’ exactly it is.
This years event was perfect timed to take a mini-mid-exam-break-Roadtrip with my Teen up to Big Boys Toys Central Districts (Palmerston North) and check it out.
…and to answer the question…Is Big Boys Toys just a hive of testosterone and full of 80 billionty Men…?
I didn’t 100% know what to expect, except from what I had seen on the Big Boys Toys website and Facebook and clips of the larger Auckland show.
All I knew was I LOVE this sort of stuff, so I was in like Flynn.
It might surprise you that I, Wellington Chic, am a tom-boy from way back when. Growing up with 3 older brothers and a Dad that could fix and build just about anything set me up as a chic who was into practical stuff.
It also means I appreciate loud noisy cars, flash slick expensive cars, Motorbikes that flip, Power Tools that whip things into shape, clever inventions, clever technology and the smell of old leaded Petrol and workshop grease…you know what I mean…the smell of a workshop…? No? Ok, maybe it’s just me, but hey it smells good!
What I was MOST looking forward to at BBT were these 3 things:
• The matt black Lamborghini Aventador
• The FMX Extreme Sport show featuring Levi Sherwood
• An exact replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future!
Yup, I’m also a bit of a geek like that and had a high School crush on Marty McFly.
So what did we find at Big Boys Toys?
Walking in it was teeming with people…
ahem…I mean teaming with MALES…
80 Billionty Males to be exact…ok, maybe not, but alot of males all in one place!
Yes! It was of course to be expected, as the show is a Men’s Lifestyle show…aimed at Males.
But it really was raining Men, in a huge variety of ages from the young to the old. I spotted a few women as we made our way around and they were just as excited about what they were seeing as I was.
Was it all just Bogans and Petol-heads?
No, quite the opposite.
Sure there were some Bogan’s and some Petrol-heads and even a few bikers…but it was mostly very average-joe-kiwi-blokes enjoying a fun day out with their mates or with their kids.
What was the highlight of the show?
For me, it was hands down getting to sit in a 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine.
An exact replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future that Mat from Hero Car Hire has painstakingly built up over the years to the amazing movie replica it is now.
Mat was also the best host, he was talkative, put up with my obvious fan-girling and took me through the cars paces with all it’s lights and sounds. He took me back-in-time to the date of my birth and being able to see the car speed up, the Flux Capacitor kick in and then see the Plutonium flash as being depleted was seriously-seriously cool.
Thanks Mat for being so passionate about what you have built and talking yet another enthusiastic fan through your car as if it was your first. You can find out more about the DeLorean on their website and it is also available as a Hero Experience.
Was the FMX & BMX as cool as it sounds?
Absolutely! The main feature act of the BBT show was most definitely the FMX & BMX Extreme Sport Show!
With the insanely talented Levi Sherwood FMX freestyle rider along with fellow FMX riders Nick Franklin & Mitch Mchardy.
Levi is a local boy from Sanson, just outside of Palmerston North and is carving it up on the world Red Bull X-Fighters stage and winning title after title. Just check out his video from his course he has made at his home.
What you guys pulled out of your trick bag was heart stoppingly awesome and you have fantastic talent. Being able to judge your stunts so perfectly with the pitch of the Arena Manawatu roof and land them so smoothly just show’s how world-class you all are.
You had us all gasping and enthralled with the jumps you all pulled off and the shapes your bodies contorted into in mid-air!
Paul Langlands BMX Dirt Rider and his BMX freestyle friends were a great accompaniment to the FMX with their flips and tricks showing such skill and experience. I know it’s probably not a word you want me to describe it as, but you make it all look so ‘graceful’ as you are leaping into the air. The model car racers showing us their tricks before the show started were also a surprising highlight for us all, man those little things can get some air!
The show was epic, I just wish NZ crowds would whoop, clap and cheer louder! I was clapping my little heart out while trying to capture the action on my iphone as they were all amazing. Cheer louder NZ!
Did you find your High School Car Crush?
I sure did!
2014 Lamborghini Aventador, be still my beating heart.
This car is damn sexy and I could just picture myself taking this on the School run of a morning.
Granted, I wouldn’t be able to fit in any of the Teens friends on pick up…oh well, back to Public Transport for them all. In matt black it just upped its cool factor 10 fold.
The Lamborghini was my High School Car Crush from the 90’s and still is today.
I have only ever seen one other in the flesh, back when I was 17, a bright yellow one was parked outside the Monte Carlo Casino where I was visiting with my parents, they indulged me with a pic!
Yup, my parents flouted Monaco’s age law and took me in for a glimpse of this crazy casino lifestyle!
What about the Bond car?
The Bond edition Aston Martin DB9 GT was unveiled at BBT from the new Bond Movie Spectre.
Yes, it is flash and all and looks super nice…but if I’m honest a bit ‘meh’…
Now in saying that, I would have happily taken it for a spin and I know it would have been awesome…but I’m just not awed by Aston Martins like I am other cars.
Whereas the new 2015 458 Ferrari GT Speciali, the new Ford Mustang, The new Ranger NIGHTHAWK in matt black, the Polaris Slingshot SL LE they are all right up my alley
What else can I see at BBT?
So so much! Classic Cars, souped up boy racer Cars, Muscle Cars, electronic bikes, Harley Davidson’s, Super bikes, off roaders…quite literally a vehicle to suit everyone’s fantasies.
Thanks James from Harvey Norman for humoring us and very patiently showed us how the Glideboard worked, I was kinda stoked to learn you could clock up 20km on it in one go!
Would be a super fun thing to Ride to School? Honestly would have loved to have a blat on one of these myself…but maybe another day.
The Hyper Stimulator’s where you can simulate you are driving a v8 super car around Bathhurst or other famous tracks around the world. They had queues a line a mile long to have a turn, OK, not a mile, but long.
Was there some exciting new technology?
We were given a glimpse into the newest prototype of the Hendo Hoverboard the Hendo 2.0 (Beta 4 Engine Prototype).
An exciting development and I look forward to seeing where this is in a year or two’s time. We got to see it hover back in forth between the two hosts as they tossed it around the platform.
Very cool to think that this technology is not that far from being accessible. You can check out Tony Hawk riding a couple of Hendo Hoverboard’s here.
Did they have other things there apart from Cars?
I’m also a sucker for cool things, techie things and things that would make my life easier, quicker..
So I spend ages at the Breo All Back and Breo iFoot Foot Massager stand getting to try out their super unique Foot Massager.
Oh my gosh, it was amazing, it actually did feel like someone was massaging my feet with hands…so a little bit creepy…but worth the creep, because it was awesome. A hefty price tag, but worth it if you have spare dollars to spend.
Glam Screens Selfie Ring & Phone Stand impressed me with their super simple invention that was actually really-really clever. I’m not a selfie taker (unless goofing with my friends or teen), but I see benefits of this little device that attaches to the back of your phone…even if just for not having this happen when you are reading stuff upside down!
There were many other stalls dotted around the show featuring everything from golfcart Segways, Power Fits, X Hoses, Model Cars, an open stage to let your inner Drummer have a blat on the drum kit, even electronic Hookah!
The Beef Jerky stand was amazing and I meant to go back and buy some, but my Teen distracted me on my way out. Going to hunt you out in my supermarket!
Milwaukee Power Tools…oh my gosh, I could have spent hours in their stand just playing with all of the power tools, as that was exactly how this stand was set up.
All of their power tools were laid out with walls prepared ready for you to hammer, screw, cut, sand, blast, destroy and just simply ‘play’. I tried this one M12 Cordless Multi-Tool.
Did BTT’s meet my expectations?
It totally exceeded my expectations.
I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Now I want to also see the Auckland show next year.
Was it value for money/entertainment?
Absolutely, with tickets priced at under $30 and good discounts for early birds, it was excellent value for money and you could make a whole day of it.
Note: I was hosted by Blomfield PR.
Is it too showy, snoby or seems like everyone is up themselves?
kinda is, but kinda not…if that makes sense.
It’s very laid back, but professional. You could come to this show from any income level of society and still just enjoy seeing the toys and the show.
All of the stand hosts talk with you freely and everyone is encouraged to try things out.
Is there food?
Yes, most important question when heading out on an adventure!
If I’m not into Cars and this sort of stuff, will I enjoy it?
In all honestly, you probably won’t.
What was the atmosphere like?
The atmosphere was chilled and relaxed, but positive as everyone was buzzing with what they saw.
I wondered before I arrived if you would be able to literally smell the testosterone in the air, but no, you saw alot of fan-boying, but not too much grunting.
Is it suitable for all ages?
Kind of…if there is an interest, take them no matter what age they are. But probably best suited from 7 years old to Teenagers to Adults to Grand Parents.
So overall was it lame or cool (as my teen questioned before going along)?
Seriously cool, it had a chance of being lame…but it soooo wasn’t.
My Teen also gave it a big tick of approval and she added that that wasn’t just because it was teaming with teenage boys!
What surprised me the most?
To find a 1962 MK1 Hamilton Jet 30 Boat that had been rebuild and relaunched in 2012 with a MK2 Zephyr 6 Motor. Only 174 of them were ever built! Way cool.