'Fastest spanners' do it again

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 26/07/2014
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PREPARED: Macaulay Motors automotive technician Bruce Woodd ahead of competing in the Motor Trade Associaion Fastest Spanner competition at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club.

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They're an automotive dream team.

Two former winners of the Motor Trade Association Fastest Spanner competition, Bruce Woodd and Tristan Duffell, paired up this year and broke the competition's record time.

Duffell, of Prestige Commercial, won the competition last year along with Allen Whitaker.

Macaulay Motors automotive technician Woodd, a self-proclaimed petrol-head, won the competition in 2012 with Michael Beer.

Teaming up paid off for Woodd and Duffell, who took part in the competition on Thursday night.

They broke the challenge's record time for completely stripping, reassembling and firing up an engine, beating the previous record of 12min 9sec by four seconds.

Woodd, 46, said he started his job one day after his 17th birthday and had stayed for several reasons, including challenging, head-scratching jobs, a good atmosphere, support and training and workmates.

The fifth Fastest Spanner competition was held at the Invercargill Working Men's Club on Thursday night. Ten teams battled it out to claim the title.

MTA communications manager Hamish Stuart said the event had attracted its biggest crowd since it started - of about 300.

Callum Baird, of Southern Automobiles, and Daniel Strang, of Komatsu, finished second in 12min 40sec and third went place to Allen Whitaker and Conner Withington, of Prestige Commercial, in 13min 15sec.

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