Porirua welcomes DIY car fanatics
Proud show of handiwork
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.