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Flaming good hot rod run

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Flaming Hot
FLAMING HOT: Flame paint jobs, as seen in Te Awamutu over the weekend on Paul and Anne Andrews’ 1941 Ford pickup (foreground) and Lisa and Mike Barnett’s 1934 Chevrolet sedan and a number of other rods, are still popular with many rodders and the public. 284051AD

By Dean Taylor

It took a bit more than wind, rain and hail to dampen the spirits of over 200 hot rod enthusiasts taking part in Te Awamutu Rod and Custom Club’s biennial rod run.

Only Saturday afternoon’s Te Awamutu display at Selwyn Park was badly affected, with a number of cars not on show because of uncertain weather and the cancellation of a planned car crash rescue demonstration.

All the same it was a good display from those that were able to brave the conditions, and a good number of locals made the effort to come and view the cars.

The shows at Cambridge and Pirongia went ahead as expected, with the Pirongia Fire Force running a highly successful fundraiser Sunday morning.

Organiser Craig O’Hanlon says visitors and locals enjoyed the various activities provided.
These included popular visits to EuroPacific Independent Porsche Specialists in Pirongia and Maurice Hall’s private car collection on this side of the district, plus the Horse Magic Show in Cambridge and a pistol shoot at the Hamilton Pistol Club at Mystery Creek.

Prizes were awarded across a number of divisions, including Mayor’s Choice to Josh Della-Mura of Whangarei for his 1947 Buick, which also picked up Best Other Make. Second in that section went to Aucklanders Mark and Gaylene Holman’s 1941 Willys Coupe.

Best Ford was won by Rotorua’s Chris Dawson for his 1946 Coupe, followed by the Popular of Matamata couple Anna and Nigel Clothier.

The 1965 Bel Air of Rod and Helen Penn from Tauranga picked up Best Chevrolet from the 1947 Convertible of Shane and Antonia Withey.

Best Commercial went to Rick Davies of Gisborne who drove a 1956 Chevrolet Pickup. Second was the 1934 Plymouth Pickup of Celeste Miller from Hamilton.

Barbara Jaques of Whangarei won Best Street machine with her 1970 Dodge Challenger from the 1956 Chevrolet of Tauranga’s Garry Griffin.

Matamata’s Bill Fryer won Best Hot Rod with his 1923 T Bucket. Second was Napier’s Malcolm Wilkie and his 1927 Ford T Roadster.

Note: More photos on page 3 of today's Courier (PDF)