Another prize at playtime
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.