Rod rated one of the best in NZ

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 20/04/2010
Kevin Smith
NATASHA MARTIN/Fairfax NZ

LABOUR OF LOVE: Kevin Smith's 1934 Ford Coupe won him a top 10 trophy at the New Zealand Hot Rod Association nationals.

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Kevin Smith's hot rod is hot diggity dog.

The Timaru man's 1934 Ford Coupe was named in the top 10 hot rods at the New Zealand Hot Rod Association national competition.

The title brings to a close 10 years working on the car.

"I always wanted to build a good hot rod so I am really happy to have been in the top 10.

"They choose 10 cars and there is no specific order."

His car was chosen out of 200 at the nationals held in Blenheim over Easter.

"I am a mechanic by trade and cars have been a hobby of mine for a long time. The shell is a fibreglass mould from a 1934 Ford coupe.

"You get your basic body shell and then build the car around that."

Once a fortnight he takes the car for a drive but has never taken it to top speed.

"It would be well over 130 miles [210kmh] an hour."

While it has been a labour of love he has spent thousands of hours on, it is time for Mr Smith to move on.

"It is actually for sale so I can get a new car as I have run out of room. I will sell it for around $100,000 which is fairly cheap when you consider custom built cars often cost between $250,000 and $300,000".

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- The Timaru Herald

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