Porirua wel­comes DIY car fa­nat­ics

Proud show of hand­i­work

Kapi-Mana News - - MOTORING - By DAVE BRAY

Have you ever felt dis­sat­is­fied with what’s avail­able in the way of pro­duc­tion cars th­ese days?

Have you ever felt the nos­tal­gic urge to own one of those ‘‘Ooh – look at that!’’ cars of the days of your youth? In fact, have you ever felt the urge to build your own car?

One such group, the Con­struc­tors Car Club – Welling­ton- based but with a mem­ber­ship in ex­cess of 160 spread through­out the coun­try – is stag­ing a show of its mem­bers’ ve­hi­cles at the Porirua Ken­nel Club over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 12.

The club ex­pects to show­case about 100 home-built ve­hi­cles, sports/rac­ing cars, kit cars and spe­cial in­ter­est cars.

It is ex­pected to be the largest show of its kind staged in New Zealand.

Th­ese will not be just gleam­ing, com­pleted cars; some of the most in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cles on dis­play will still be un­der con­struc­tion, or scarred and worn from years of be­ing used and en­joyed.

The aim of the dis­play is not only to en­able mem­bers to show off their hand­i­work – though that’s no doubt part of it – but also to raise gen­eral aware­ness of the club and the re­sources it has to as­sist with this sort of work, es­pe­cially in the area of ve­hi­cle safety and com­pli­ance with the rel­e­vant stan­dards.

Any­one con­sid­er­ing build­ing a car, or maybe just dream­ing about the pos­si­bil­i­ties, will be able to have a chat with Con­struc­tors Car Club mem­bers who have been through the whole process.

They will be able to of­fer some use­ful ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment.

It may even be in­ter­est­ing to dis­cover how few of the cars have been built by mem­bers with any en­gi­neer­ing back­ground.

Classy ride: Dave Bray in

his replica 1951 XK120 Jaguar, which

will un­doubt­edly fea­ture in the show in Oc­to­ber.

SHOW­PIECE: Dave Bray with his 1950s replica Porsche 356 Sport­ster.

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