Barry’s life­long love of cars

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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