NZ's street rod of the year

Last updated 05:02 13/06/2012
1936 Ford coupe, NZ's 2012 street rod of the year.
GREG STOKES/NZ Hot Rod Magazine

A HOT ROD: This 1936 Ford coupe is New Zealand's 2012 street rod of the year.

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Five years of hard work paid off for an Auckland couple when their stunning 1936 Ford coupe won New Zealand's 2012 street rod of the year title.

As a result, the brandy-wine pearl-coloured eye-catcher, owned by Howard and Carol Bond of Howick, will take one of the prime display positions at the NZ Hot Road Association's national show being held in conjunction with the CRC Speedshow at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds next month.

"I built the '36 coupe to drive and I also wanted to build the best car I could. It's exactly as I envisaged it," Howard Bond said.

The Bonds have been involved with hot rodding for a number of years and have another award-winning car in their garage, a meticulously-detailed 1932 Ford coupe.

Hot road show chairman, Ian McNeill, said the 36 coupe was built by Howard Bond and is an all-steel Ford body with numerous custom touches.

"...it is a combination of the colour and the beautiful lines that make the Bonds' car a real eye-catcher.

"Both cars feature uncompromising commitment to quality and finish and for Howard, he just enjoys building hot rods as much as driving them and displaying them. Already his beautiful 1936 Ford coupe has completed a trip around the Coromandel in all types of weather."

With the NZHRA's national show also planned to be a special celebration of 50 years of hot rodding in New Zealand, as well as forming a key part of the Speedshow, judging in a variety of categories is, according to McNeill, expected to be keen.

"There will be some tough competition at this year's show with the Bonds' car being one of many recently-completed dream machines."

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