Petrol­heads and hot rods in town

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

To say Matt Kingi takes pride in his ma­chines is an un­der­state­ment.

The Aotea res­i­dent is gear­ing up for the Petrol­heads@Porirua Hot Rod Show on Au­gust 28. While he was hop­ing to un­veil a 1969 Ca­maro that has had a mod­ern makeover, this has been put on hold.

In­stead, Kingi will dis­play his beloved 1975 Holden HJ ute in the show. He es­ti­mates he has sunk $25,000 ‘‘and count­ing’’ into the ve­hi­cle.

‘‘I’ve kept it to how it orig­i­nally came out of the fac­tory.

‘‘For a lot of peo­ple grow­ing up, you had a Ford or a Fal­con and when peo­ple see the car, they re­mem­ber those times.’’

The show is well-known and likely to be the sec­ond-big­gest of its kind in the re­gion, be­hind the Amer­i­can car show at Tren­tham each year.

The amount of lov­ing­lyre­stored, qual­ity and spe­cial ve­hi­cles never failed to im­press Kingi.

‘‘I’ve just spent some time in the US and was at a cou­ple of car shows there.

‘‘I reckon you’re go­ing to have more to see at events in New Zealand be­cause we have rarer mod­els col­lected or re­stored by peo­ple.‘‘

Kingi said the Western Bays club was full of ded­i­cated, like­minded peo­ple, ‘‘who were all prob­a­bly rebels at one time’’.

Now, they were fam­i­ly­ori­ented men and women who loved cars and show­ing off the time they had put into them.

He al­ways gets a kick out of the wide-eyed peo­ple who light up when they see and hear the ma­chines.

Western Bays Street Rod­ders pres­i­dent Colin Wans­brough said the show was al­ways a good day out for mem­bers and the public.

Hot rods, bikes and mus­cle, drag, classic and vin­tage cars will be on dis­play.

‘‘We will have a drag car do­ing start ups out­side which you won’t want to miss.’’

There will be also be give­aways, a cafe and a bouncy cas­tle.

Af­ter mov­ing from North City Shop­ping Centre, Wans­brough said the show has con­tin­ued to grow.

‘‘It’s now said to ri­val any hot rod show in New Zealand and this year won’t be any dif­fer­ent.’’

Petrol­heads@Porirua Hot Rod Show opens at 10am at the Porirua Ken­nel Club in Prosser St. En­try is $10, with un­der-12s free.

Matt Kingi’s 1975 Holden HJ ute.

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