Rodney Times : January 18th 2011
18 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 18, 2011 NEWS Hot rods put on one hell of a show First prize: A 1937 Lincoln Zephyr won People's Choice. Photo: DAVID TATE Classic caravan: Karen Matthews in her 1966 caravan towed by a 1964 Chevrolet Impala. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Silver machine: Liam Cassidy of Mt Eden checks out a 1939 Ford Roadster. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Ear piercing: People had to block their ears when the nitro funny car dragsters were fired up. Photo: DAVID TATE Roaring red: This 1943 Ford Tudor was third in the People's Choice award. Photo: DAVID TATE Heat beater: Don Johnston of Mangere Bridge has a snack in the shade of his 1939 Ford Deluxe. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Numbers were down at the Hell Pizza Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival on the weekend, although more than 40,000 people still attended. That s about 10,000 down on last year, event manager Ken Galvin says. Car numbers were also slightly lower at 3800 com- pared with about 4000 pre- viously. Tough economic times seem to be the main reason, Mr Galvin says, although trade people reported brisk business this year at the Kumeu Showgrounds. Hot weather may also have deterred some on Sunday with many people heading to the beach. Temperatures climbed to 36 degrees Celsius at ground level, Mr Galvin says. People came from through- out New Zealand and Aust- ralia for the show, one 1930 sports coupe even coming from California. Firing up three nitro funny car drag racers at intervals drew plenty of attention, the noise rever- berating around the show- grounds. Many cars were also sold at the festival, Mr Galvin says. He s pleased with the show and thanks sponsors and others who contributed to its success. A 1937 Lincoln Zephyr won Dave Kindberg of Taranaki the People s Choice award, and his car will feature on posters and promotions for next year s festival. The runner-up was a 1930 Ford Woodie entered by Brent Woodcock, while third was Bruce and Raelene Carter s 1943 Ford Tudor. Best street machine went to a Holden Commodore owned by Adam Brown from the North Shore, and best vintage was won by Clive Taylor of Auckland with his 1932 five-window Ford coupe. A drag bike earned Athol Williams of Bombay the best performance award. Two engines worth $7000 each from Advance Four Wheel Equipment were given away in lucky draws both days.
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