Hot wheels ready for ac­tion

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AL WIL­LIAMS

It’s a fam­ily af­fair as Rodney Ker­ri­son and his boys pre­pare for Ti­maru soap­box rac­ing.

The Novem­ber 19 nov­elty event re­turns af­ter an ab­sence of about 30 years.

Fundrais­ing group TiMOru has re­vived it for Movember - the an­nual cam­paign fo­cussing on men’s health dur­ing Novem­ber.

Ti­maru Movember cam­paign­ers Richard Brown and Felic­ity Bruce say rac­ing will start in Ge­orge St out­side the Ti­maru District Coun­cil build­ing. The course then heads down Barnard St to fin­ish on Sta­tion St.

Ker­ri­son, his sons Kade, 7, and Ben, 13, and step­son Vin­nie Todd, 11, have been busy get­ting their soap­box racer fine tuned.

Ker­ri­son said it would get a flash paint job be­fore the big day.

’’I build th­ese types of things in my spare time,’’ said Ker­ri­son who is an en­gi­neer by trade. ’’I just like this type of thing, I do it off the top of my head.’’

‘‘It’s mostly made out of steel pipe and panel steel. It’s go­ing to have a nice wicked paint job with mul­ti­ple colours.’’

A fea­ture of the racer are disc brakes with wheels from pocket bikes and it has a roll cage for safety.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be pretty out­ra­geous. It’s got to be sleek and it’s got to be smooth.’’

For more de­tails email tim­o­ru­soap­box@gmail.com, check out the TiMOru Soap Box Derby 2017 Face­book page.

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Ben, Kade and Rodney Ker­ri­son and Vin­nie Todd are al­most ready to go soap­box derby rac­ing.

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