Hot rod show powers into town

JARED SMITH
Last updated 05:00 07/10/2011
Grant Lister
CAMERON BURNELL/Fairfax NZ

HOT WHEELS: Hawera's Grant Lister with his 1973 Ford Landau Coupe.

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When he brought his Australian imported Ford coupe down from Whangarei, Hawera's Grant Lister did not believe it would be front and centre at New Zealand's biggest hot rod show.

A member of the Egmont Rod and Custom Club, which is hosting this year's NZ Hot Rod Association national show, Mr Lister had been encouraged to enter his car in the big show itself.

He had originally just planned to have it outside in a mini-car show involving club members and other enthusiasts.

The 68 cars in the main show have a combined value of well over $6 million and will be wheeled into the TSB Hub the night before the show opens on October 15.

The coupe has a homebuilt 600hp engine.

A motoring enthusiast who built up his first ute over 11 years, Mr Lister said it was great that the biggest show was coming to Taranaki.

"Everybody's coming to us, the quality of the cars we've got coming and just the vibe in town will be great.

"It's pretty cool to see different stuff ... "

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