Sabulite Rd – home to more than 500 hubcaps video

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West Auckland has collected hubcaps for more than 10 years.

Lost one of your hubcaps recently? You'll probably find it in west Auckland.

Hubcap collector Roger Farrell has at least 500 hubcaps adorning his Kelston property.

He said he "started with a couple, then it grew and grew".

Farrell said he liked seeing smiles on people's faces when they come in.
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Farrell said he liked seeing smiles on people's faces when they come in.

The 55-year-old has been collecting them for more than 10 years.

Wheel covers are strung on his fenceline on Sabulite Rd and attached to the walls on his house.

"It looks different and it's better than just paint on the fence. It gives you pleasure knowing you've achieved something, in a way," Farrell said.

Farrell's Kelston home and fence lines are stacked with wheel covers.
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Farrell's Kelston home and fence lines are stacked with wheel covers.

Farrell finds hubcaps "all over the place".

"I find them along the streets and just in parks. I used to stop on the motorway, but I don't do that now."

People come to exchange hubcaps with him too.

Farrell's sanitation job for Auckland Council means he finds most of his hubcaps on the job.
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Farrell's sanitation job for Auckland Council means he finds most of his hubcaps on the job.

"I don't mind that, it makes them happy," he said.

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Farrell's fascination with hubcaps started at a young age.

"I've always liked cars. I've got model cars and an album of car accident photos dating back to the 60s."

He was always fascinated with old Holden, and chrome, hubcaps.

"But not now, it's all plastic. You can't get the chrome ones unless you buy them from the shops and car places, but they're expensive and I wouldn't go there."

He said he takes pride in seeing the smiles on people's faces when they see the collection.

"I had an elderly lady wanting some for her car once. I gave her some and the smile on her face was just bright."

Farrell has been giving them away as he's running out of room on his fences.

"People come and ask for some, and they always ask if I want money. I say no because I find them free off the road."

Farrell's only trouble with having hubcaps strung to his fences is the top ones blowing off in the wind.

"Each time the wind comes, it blows most of them down. But they look nice, so I put them back up. They'd go over the neighbour's fence and sometimes hit their cars – but I've got rope holding them on now."

Farrell said he's happy to exchange or give people hubcaps if they need them.

Just don't knock on the door at 12.30am.

"I won't answer the door, it's too late."

 - Stuff

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