Kingi of the road: One man's love affair with his 1975 Holden ute
To say Matt Kingi takes pride in his machines is an understatement.
The Aotea resident is gearing up for the Petrolheads@Porirua Hot Rod Show on August 28. While he was hoping to unveil a 1969 Camaro that has had a uniquely modern makeover, this has been put on hold.
Instead, Kingi will display his beloved 1975 Holden HJ ute in the show. He estimates he has sunk $25,000 - "and counting" - into the vehicle.
"I've kept it to how it originally came out of the factory," he said.
"For a lot of people growing up, you had a Ford or a Falcon and when people see the car, they remember those times."
Kingi said the show was well-known and was likely to be the second-biggest of its kind in the region, behind the American car show at Trentham each year.
The amount of lovingly-restored, quality and special vehicles never failed to impress him.
"I've just spent some time in the US and was at a couple of car shows there.
"I reckon you're going to have more to see at events in New Zealand because we have rarer models collected or restored by people. There are some real eye-openers."
Kingi said the Western Bays club was full of dedicated, like-minded people, "who were all probably rebels at one time".
Now, they were family-oriented men and women who loved cars and showing off the time they had put into them.
The kick he gets is from the wide-eyed parents, and children, who see and hear the machines and their faces light up.
Western Bays Street Rodders president Colin Wansbrough said the show was always a good day out for members and the public.
Hot rods, bikes and muscle, drag, classic and vintage cars will be on display.
"We will have a drag car doing start ups outside which, if you haven't experienced it before, you won't want to miss."
Major sponsor Repco is giving away prize packs and there is a cafe and bouncy castle on-site.
After moving from North City Shopping Centre, Wansbrough said the show has continued to grow.
"It's now said to rival any hot rod show in New Zealand and this year won't be any different."
* The details:
Petrolheads@Porirua Hot Rod Show opens at 10am at the Porirua Kennel Club in Prosser St.
Entry is $10, with under-12s free.
- Kapi-Mana News