Trevor’s pride and joy on show
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.’’
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.