Barry’s lifelong love of cars
Barry Cullen doesn’t care that his 1932 Roadster isn’t the true blue article.
The Titahi Bay resident bought the fibreglass replica in Auckland in 2009. He added a supercharger and a few other elements that were not traditional.
‘‘It won’t win any prizes, but it’s ultimately about what you want as a hot rod owner. You need to put your own style into it,’’ he said.
‘‘Mine is not fashionable with its side valve and different tyres, but I did what I wanted.
‘‘That’s the beauty of owning a hot rod – it can be art on wheels.’’
The Roadster gets 5.9 kilometres to the litre (14 miles to the gallon), making a trip out for the day an expensive one.
An excursion to Taupo and back will involve filling up on gas five times.
The recently retired chief financial officer for Mitsubishi Motors in Porirua said he had always loved cars, but had never been able to afford to indulge his passion until later in life.
‘‘I was into V8s and involved in rally cars and owned a 1963 Chevy when I was a teenager. You never really lose that love,’’ he said.
Cullen is treasurer of Capital Rodders, which has its headquarters at Onepoto.
He was attracted to join because of the fellowship at the club and, as a hot rod owner, knew it would be beneficial to be around like-minded owners.
One of the Capital Rodders’ biggest events is this Sunday — the annual Guide Dog Fun Run. About 80 hot rods will assemble in the New World car park in Tawa from 1pm.
The public would have a chance to check out the hot rods from 1pm till 2pm, Cullen said.
The members will then embark on a mystery run through Tawa and Porirua.
Over the nine years the event has been running, nearly $ 12,000 has been raised to support guide dogs. People can donate to the collectors in the car park on Sunday.
‘‘We encourage anyone to come down,’’ Cullen said.
‘‘It’s a free show and we’re always keen to show off our cars.’’
The great thing about owning a hot rod, he said, was that there would always be something to improve.
‘‘The exhaust has been rebuilt three times and there will be a fourth soon. There’s always tinkering and upgrading to be done.’’