Custom show to delight NZ petrolheads

Last updated 16:55 19/07/2013
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Final preparations of the CRC Speedshow are being made as the show gets ready to open its doors.

A beautiful 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is all set for the 2013 CRC Speedshow in Auckland.
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A beautiful 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is all set for the 2013 CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

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A show within a show will delight petrolheads at Auckland's annual CRC Speedshow this weekend.

Among highlights of the the Castrol Edge/Teng Tools Custom & Classic Show which fits under the Speedshow umbrella will be pristine and customised examples of a 1974 Datsun 240K GT, a 1963 Kombi van, a '57 Chevrolet Bel Air, a '77 Holden Torana and a one-off high-rise Dodge truck and a Buell-powered custom-built motorcycle?
 
Speedshow director Ross Prevette is excited by the array of vehicles entered for the new custom show and delighted by the passion and enthusiasm of the 57 entrants who have travelled from Whangarei, Invercargill and many towns in between.
 
"Walking around the Custom & Classic Show is a real treat for petrol-heads.

"Whether you like hi-tech Japanese models like the '91 Nissan GTR or the classic lines of the 1928 Ford coupe, it doesn't matter.

"We can all appreciate the workmanship, the talent and the passion of the people who own these vehicles and the many, many hours spent designing, building, maintaining and preparing their cars, bikes and pickups for this show.”
 
Several owners have used this new all-category custom show to display their vehicles for the first time, including Shane Poulton, from Auckland's North Shore, who's just finished a 24-month build on a lowered 1970 GMC Chevrolet pickup and Shane McCallum, from Papakura in Auckland, with his immaculate 1965 Ford Mustang GT.

And also attracting a lot of attention is a distinctive green, Ford V8-powered cab-over truck was built by scratch by Blenheim's Mark Stead, from Big Shed Customs.
 
"If the feedback from custom show entrants is anything to go by, the opportunity to see such a range of custom vehicles all in one show will prove very popular,'' Prevette added.
 
There is a prize package for all show visitors who vote for the "people's choice'' – their favourite car, motorcycle or pickup.

Among other show highlights are the GTbyCitroen supercar originally a digital design for Play Station 3's Gran Turismo game and the New Zealand Legends of Speed display.

The Speedshow opens tomorrow and runs for two days only.

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