Show-stop­ping truck a ‘work of Art’

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Among the star line-up at the Kaiko¯ura Hop this week­end is a World Truck Show win­ner; a 1953 Ford F100.

Kevin Jel­ly­man pur­chased the truck last year and it ar­rived in Christchurch just be­fore the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Novem­ber.

His pas­sion for cars be­gan in the Kaiko¯ura Stock Car Club.

Now liv­ing in Christchurch, Jel­ly­man says he’s look­ing for­ward to com­ing back home for the week­end.

Jel­ly­man fell in love with the truck while search­ing on­line.

So deep in love, he sold both his 1954 and 1959 trucks, flew to Char­lotte, North Carolina, in the United States, to have a look, pur­chased it and brought it back to New Zealand.

Jel­ly­man’s pride and joy has been a pop­u­lar com­peti­tor at shows, and was in the top five trucks at the Whanga­mata Beach Hop last year.

It also won the 2012 World Truck Show in Pi­geon Forge, in Ten­nessee, he said.

There were 760 trucks in the show and it won the four ma­jor prizes; Best in Show, Best Build, Best in Class, and the Pat Ford Truck of the Year.

It also took out the Clas­sic Trucks Ed­i­tor’s Choice tro­phy.

‘‘The name of the guy who built it is Art so a lot of peo­ple call it a work of Art, which has been made as a labour of love.’’

Restor­ing the ve­hi­cle had been a four-year project for Art and Ann Walters from Vir­ginia in the US.

They spent $375,000 on fully restor­ing the ve­hi­cle, Jel­ly­man said.

‘‘There are still a few around but noth­ing to the cal­i­bre of this one.’’

The truck, with only 1600 kilo­me­tres on the clock, won’t be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any of Kaiko¯ura’s earth­quake-dam­aged roads though.

It will be put on a trailer and towed up from Christchurch.

‘‘It’s purely show truck,’’ Jel­ly­man said.

It sports a wineberry and sun­set gold tan be­cause the pre­vi­ous own­ers de­cided on a colour as they watched the sun­set over a lake while drink­ing a glass of wine.

But the 1953 truck could soon have com­pe­ti­tion.

Jel­ly­man said he’s al­ready look­ing at some­thing else.

‘‘It’s a pas­sion. It’s like a lot of things, it gets in your blood and you can’t leave it alone.’’

PHOTO: JOHN YELAVICH

It took four years to re­store the highly mod­i­fied 1953 Ford F100 truck.

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