Another prize at play­time

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MILLY KEYS

To a kid the words ‘‘play­time’’ mean it’s time to for­get work, get out and have some fun.

That is ex­actly what Mata­mata Rod and Cus­tom Club mem­bers Anna and Nigel Cloth­ier do when they are out in their award-win­ning 1932 Ford Coupe, aptly named Play­time.

Win­ning Best Hot Rod and Peo­ples Choice at the re­cent Aroha Cruise In held at Te Aroha, only adds to the string of awards Play­time has al­ready re­ceived.

‘‘We got in the top five at the Whanga­mata Beach Hop in 2011, which was pretty cool when you think there are around 800-900 cars on dis­play,’’ Nigel said.

Play­time was bought in 1999, though the cou­ple had had a few hic­cups with the car along the way.

‘‘We blew an en­gine in her re­cently, so de­cided to do a com­plete re-build,’’ Anna said.

The new and im­proved 1932 Ford Coupe took seven years to com­plete and was built, de­signed and painted by Craig Hus­ton, a well-re­spected and knowl­edge­able man in the in­dus­try.

The 351 Wind­sor fu­elin­jected en­gine, fit­ted with alu­minium heads, has 500 horse­power at the crank and 400 at the wheels and was built by C and M Per­for­mance in Auck­land.

And is play­time Anna’s or Nigel’s?

That’s a ques­tion laughs about.

‘‘It’s ours ... Nigel and I joke about that ’cause some club mem­bers joke she is mine. I did pick the colours and the bling but she is def­i­nitely ‘ours’.’’

Anna and Nigel have had a

Anna love of hot rods for many years and have been mem­bers of the Mata­mata club since 1994.

‘‘It’s a great club. You don’t have to have a hot rod to join, in fact you don’t even have to have a car, just a love for them,’’ Anna said.

The club is com­ing up to 45 years and al­though there is noth­ing set in stone yet, there will be a cards.

celebration on the


Play­time: Mata­mata Rod and Cus­tom Club mem­ber Anna Cloth­ier in the award-win­ning 1932 Ford Coupe.

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