Car fans keep on truck­ing at show

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­

Car en­thu­si­asts don’t come much more en­thu­si­as­tic than Cam­bridge cou­ple Brian and Bar­bara Hart­man.

The pair were at the sec­ond an­nual Mata­mata CarO-Rama on Satur­day with their 1950 Jowett Brad­ford truck, other­wise known as Bradley.

Put on by the Mata­mata Rod and Cus­tom Club, the event is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for car fa­nat­ics from all over to come to­gether.

‘‘We just love it,’’ said Mrs Hart­man.

‘‘We en­joy meet­ing other like- minded people and hav­ing a chat about our truck,’’ added Mr Hart­man.

‘‘ People come over and say they might have had one, or their fa­ther or un­cle might have driven one.’’

Painted royal pur­ple, their Brad­ford has been all over New Zealand since Mr Hart­man fin­ished restor­ing it four years ago.

‘‘ Each time is just as ex­cit­ing as the first time we went out in it,’’ said Mrs Hart­man. ‘‘Whether we are tak­ing it to a show or just on a Sun­day drive.’’

They found the truck in a sorry state in a junk yard in Hamil­ton nine years ago and Mr Hart­man de­cided to try his hand at restora­tion.

‘‘I’m not a me­chanic but I’m me­chan­i­cally minded and I like tin­ker­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘I had been in­ter­ested in cars since I was a teenager and I thought it was time for a chal­lenge.’’

Theirs was a fa­mil­iar story at the Car-O-Rama, with a few hun­dred people proudly dis­play­ing their pride and joys.

Vin­tage trac­tors and truck and trailer units at­tested to the event’s con­cept of ‘‘ any­thing with wheels and a mo­tor’’.

Terrence McDer­mott, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the day, said it had been a suc­cess by all ac­counts so far.

The com­mit­tee wanted to thank the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade, lo­cal busi­ness spon­sors, the Un­de­fined Car Club for tak­ing care of traf­fic man­age­ment and ev­ery­one else who made the day pos­si­ble.

More pho­tos page 14.

Cars and ice cream: Tay­lor Laird, 6, Benny Laird, 4, and Jayden Smith, 5, en­joy a treat at the Mata­mata Car-O-Rama on Satur­day.

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