MATAMATA PANELWORKS MUS­TANG

NZV8 - - MEGUIAR'S MOTRE - KELVIN TAY­LOR

It was great to see a Kiwi en­try at this year’s event, with Kelvin Tay­lor’s gor­geous ’67 Mus­tang fast­back sit­ting in the mid­dle of the pav­il­ion floor. “We’ve come over here to have some fun,” Tay­lor ad­mit­ted to me just prior to the doors open­ing and the hordes descend­ing. “There are 13 of us, and we are hav­ing a ball,” he went on to say. I man­aged to pull car builder Mal­colm Sankey over to one side and ask him what he thought of the event. “It is great to see so many good-look­ing cars built to such a high stan­dard,” Sankey said. “We’ve come over here to see what the lat­est trends are and to grab some ideas to take home. Every­body has been re­ally friendly and wel­comed us, but, ev­ery time we come here, they up their game a lit­tle; how­ever, I think we still have a slight edge on the Aussies,” he con­tin­ued with a twin­kle in his eye. I had to agree with him; I had just come back from Auckland a few weeks be­fore, and see­ing how pas­sion­ate peo­ple were about their cars cer­tainly backed up Mal­colm’s state­ment. “How do you think you will go?” I asked him. “Well, we’re probably in the most com­pet­i­tive class in the en­tire show,” he read­ily ad­mit­ted. “You have to un­der­stand that this car was built to be street driven, and it is dis­played here with stone chips and the like. We ar­rived on Wed­nes­day with­out proper show light­ing so it will be very tough. “What you see here is the re­sult of thou­sands of hours of hard work, with 570 hours in the paint­work alone. We worked very hard on the door gaps, and spent some 2500 hours on the metal fab­ri­ca­tion to get it right. The car runs a 427-cube ni­trous-in­jected Roush mo­tor, so it has plenty of power, and [it’s] is just a great all-round car. I have to thank Tro­jan Trans­port for help­ing us and Owen Webb for all the preshow as­sis­tance and stor­ing our gear prior to the event. “The best thing about at­tend­ing MotorEx is that I fi­nally got out of the work­shop, which is a good thing,” Mal­colm said with a chuckle. As it turned out, the Mus­tang only won a sin­gle award — a bronze in Body­work in the Medals of Ex­cel­lence, which was a solid ef­fort against a tough crowd.

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