Mechanic pair were motoring
A team from Macaulay Motors has laid claim to the title of fastest mechanics in the south after the annual fastest spanner competition.
The smell of motor oil filtered through the Invercargill Working Mens Club on Thursday night as teams fought to claim the title by dismantling, rebuilding and firing up a Toyota Corolla engine in the fastest time.
Experienced Macaulay Motors mechanic Bruce Woodd teamed with second-year apprentice Michael Beer to set a record with their winning time of 13 minutes and 33 seconds in the Motor Trades Association competition.
Woodd and Beer had their engine purring in the final almost 3 minutes faster than the record set last year by Advance Agricentre, and three minutes ahead of nearest rivals Israel Pankhurst and Jeremy White, of Jesco Hydraulics.
Pankhurst and White kept the pressure on throughout a tense final but could not match the speed and teamwork of Woodd and Beer.
Tristan Duffell and Allan Whitaker, of Prestige Commercial Vehicles, rounded out the podium in a time of 17min 55sec.
The Macaulay Motors team went into the final as the team to beat after setting the early benchmark of 14min 17sec.
After the heat Woodd said it was heart in mouth when the engine misfired on the first kick.
"It was a great sound to hear the engine come to life and stay that way at the second start," he said.
MTA business manager Michelle Findlater said the contest was a big success, with over $1000 raised for Hospice Southland.
First - Macaulay Motors: Bruce Woodd and Michael Beer - 13min 33sec.
Second - Jesco Hydraulics: Israel Pankhurst and Jeremy White - 16min 11sec.
Third - Prestige Commercial Vehicles: Tristan Duffell and Allan Whitaker - 17min 55sec.
The Southland Times