Life in fast lane not for faint-hearted

JESSICA SUTTON
Last updated 12:00 23/07/2010
Scott Tyree
ROBERT KITCHIN/Manawatu Standard

REV HEAD: Palmerston North Hot Rod Club president Scott Tyree has five hot rods to fuel his passion.

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A hotrod obsession is not for the faint-hearted.

Palmerston North Hot Rod Club president and dairy farmer Scott Tyree said he had spent over $100,000 on his hobby in the past 15 years.

"You can spend between $10,000 and $300,000 on your cars. It's not for the faint-hearted, it's for the heavily mortgaged. It's an expensive hobby to say the least," he said.

The club's annual hot rod swap meet is being held at Manfeild on August 7 and it expects more than 4000 to attend from across the country. The meet has been held since 1972 and is a chance for car enthusiasts to pick up memorabilia and project parts.

A hot rod must start from a car which pre-dates 1949; and a street machine, another type of car which will be show-casing at the event, dates between 1949 and 1975.

Mr Tyree said there were about 50 members in the club and most of them have three or four cars each.

He has five cars – three are street legal and two are projects.

He said his passion for hot rods began as a kid.

"I've been interested in the cars for years. They're big boys' toys and it's definitely a passion."

It took between six months and seven years to complete a car.

"It's all dependant on how motivated you are and whether you can find all the parts you need too."

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