Porirua Hot Rod Show parks up in new venue

Neil Robertson with his pride and joy.
KRIS DANDO

Neil Robertson with his pride and joy.

It may be 85 years old, but it gives Neil Robertson as much of a thrill as he experienced during his drag racing days.

The Judgeford resident has rebuilt a 1930 Model A Coupe over the past two years, spending almost nearly every night - even in the depths of winter - working away in his garage.

"My wife is inside by the fire and I'm out here, with my beanie on, in the cold," he said.

It's all been worth it for the five-time national drag racing champion, who is just weeks away from having the Coupe - often referred to as a Rat Rod - fully roadworthy. It has some modern updates, but the steel body is all original.

Robertson's vehicle will be a star turn at the Repco Petrolheads @ Porirua Hot Rod Show on August 30. The show is hosted by Western Bay Street Rodders, of which he is a life member.

The Coupe is the fifth car Robertson has rebuilt. When he bought it on Trade Me four years ago, he was actually looking to buy a Roadster off a Christchurch seller.

"In the background of the picture [on Trade Me] was the Coupe and I thought, 'Wow, that looks great'. It's taken a lot of work to get to this point - new carburettor, exhaust, lights and interior, but I've loved doing it.

"It's totally impractical, but it attracts attention, that's for sure."

Colin Wansbrough from Western Bay Street Rodders said the new venue for the hot rod show, the New Zealand Kennel Club premises in Prosser St, gave the club more options.

"We had 10 good years at North City [Shopping Centre] and they were fantastic to us, but the Kennel Club is much bigger and suits our purposes more," he said.

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More than 100 vehicles will be parked up at the show, which runs from 10am till 5pm. This year there will be trucks on display, as well as hot rods, bikes and other vehicles.

A drag car will give demonstrations outside.

Wansbrough said the club worked hard each year to make the show happen and interacting with the public on the day always gave all the members a real kick.

Entry will be $10, with children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. Money raised will go towards the club's activities, which includes charity runs.

 - Kapi-Mana News

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