Hot rod­der looks for­ward to show week­end

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - By LAURA MCLEAY

With one of the fastest hot rods in the area, Len Keoghan is set for an­other year at the Mor­rinsville Mo­torama, Fe­bru­ary 11 to 12.

Held at the Mor­rinsville polo grounds, the an­nual event run by the Mor­rinsville Yan­kee Haulers has plenty to of­fer.

On Satur­day there will be a Show ’ n’ Shine in town and a mys­tery poker run fol­lowed by a drivein movie at 9pm. On Sun­day it’s the mo­torama, trades and dis­plays, and prize giv­ing.

Mr Keoghan is well known for driv­ing his 23 T Bucket around Mata­mata and is look­ing for­ward to dis­play­ing his beloved hot rod this week­end.

‘‘It is great out there. Peo­ple come from all around the coun­try and show their cars. It is al­ways good to have a look at all the cars – you get some good ideas on how to do up your own one,’’ Mr Keoghan said.

The car en­thu­si­ast has been pas­sion­ate about hot rods for many years, fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps.

‘‘I have owned my car for eight years now and when I bought it, I did it up – which took about nine months.

‘‘I have com­pletely whole car,’’ he said.

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‘‘I just love to get out and drive it. Cars are my hobby and it is a great hobby to have.’’

Mo­torama or­gan­iser Todd Sher­burd said last year they had a great turnout with 450 dis­play cars and this year they ex­pect­ing sim­i­lar num­bers.

‘‘It is a huge event and last year there was a lot of va­ri­ety of cars, from an old steam bike right up to a brand new car,’’ Mr Sher­burd said.

‘‘Even if you are not a car-head there is al­ways some­thing of in­ter­est to ev­ery­one. It is still a great day for peo­ple to come out and ex­pe­ri­ence what we do and there will be a lot of en­ter­tain­ment for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing chil­dren.’’

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On show: Mata­mata man Len Keoghan will dis­play his car at the Mor­rinsville Mo­torama this week­end.

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