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Classic cars, hot rods and bikes will be back on show in Cromwell on Saturday.

The vehicles will return as part of the annual Cromwell Classic Car and Hot Rod Show, which will also feature food and craft stalls.

More than 700 vehicles are expected to be on display during the event, from 11am to 4pm at the Alpha St reserve.

The show will be followed by more vehicle action at the Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway.

Gates open at 2pm and racing starts at 4pm, giving spectators a chance to see US 17-year-old sprintcar driver Buddy Kofoid.

Kofoid is in the country to compete on Central Otago clay for the Civil Construction 2019 NZ Sprintcar title on February 1-2.

A speedway spokesman said Kofoid had already gained a following in New Zealand, particularly in Central Otago.

“Buddy brings to speedway blistering speed, sheer determination and exceptional courage tempered by analytical and strategic skills that belie his age.”

Heavy Trax Hire Central Motor Speedway promoter Jason Scott, himself a champion sprintcar driver, said he was impressed by the way Kofoid spent a few seconds behind a car he was about to overtake in order to better anticipate what the driver might do.

Jamie Duff, a former NZ1, said that after competing against Buddy on December 29 and again on January 1, he needed to find another 10% to beat the young American.

Saturday will also feature sidecars, club champs for all classes and a burnout competition.