Trevor’s pride and joy on show

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Driven, not hid­den. That’s Trevor Cook’s motto.

The Whitby res­i­dent has two ve­hi­cles on show at Sun­day’s Hot Rod Show at North City Shop­ping Cen­tre – a 1961 Mark 2 Ze­phyr and a 1937 Ford V8.

Both have been re­built over the years and get plenty of time on the road, he said.

‘‘So many peo­ple have got th­ese clas­sic cars that they’ve put their heart and soul into, but have them hid­den away in garages.

‘‘My think­ing is that you’ve worked hard on it, so you drive it.

‘‘You cer­tainly turn some heads out there.’’

His Ze­phyr was bought nine years ago from pro­fes­sional rugby player Slade McFar­lane via Trade Me. It wasn’t in the best con­di­tion when he bought it.

‘‘It has been a labour of love get­ting it to the state you see now. Plenty of hours work­ing on it and friends giv­ing their time, too.’’

Mr Cook is a mem­ber of the Western Bays Street Rodders.

He said it was a fam­ily-ori­ented club, with a limited mem­ber­ship that was will­ing to go to great lengths to help out each other and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Th­ese guys will do any­thing for you, whether it’s pick­ing you up from the side of the Desert Road if you’ve bro­ken down or pro­vid­ing parts you need.

‘‘And we love get­ting out there, giv­ing back by do­ing kinder­garten runs or hav­ing the club ve­hi­cles in­volved in char­ity events. Most of us grew up in Porirua. We love this com­mu­nity.’’

The Hot Rod Show on Sun­day would have some­thing for ev­ery­one, club pres­i­dent Eric van Diggele said.

It’s the club’s ma­jor fundraiser for the year.

‘‘It’s great. I love it. You get th­ese older guys say­ing, ‘Wow, I re­mem­ber that. It was my first car’.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant we have things that peo­ple will want to see each year, but also have new at­trac­tions.

‘‘It’s not just about hot rods – there are four or five di­vi­sions within the show.’’

Im­ports, chop­pers, mus­cle cars, drag cars and bikes will be among the 100 ve­hi­cles on dis­play.

The show runs from 10am till 5.30pm. En­try is $3.

Mr Cook will be there and said he would be happy to an­swer ques­tions about his pride and joy.

‘‘Peo­ple ask me how ex­pen­sive it is to run my cars. I just say they run on smiles.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Driven: Trevor Cook has been build­ing cars most of his life and has won the Most Trav­elled award in the Western Bays Street Rodders the past two years.

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