Sin­gu­lar ideas feed mul­ti­ple car builds

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

He is no Henry Ford but Kevin Warner can proudly say he has built more than 100 cars since he was 15 years old.

But they are not your usual run of the mill ve­hi­cles.

‘‘They are not your ideal hot rod or mus­cle cars, mine are crazy,’’ he said.

In fact, his lat­est project is putting a 2500cc quad cam Subaru en­gine into a Hill­man Imp which orig­i­nally had an 875cc.

‘‘ Ev­ery­body said it can’t be done, so I’m do­ing it,’’ Warner said.

The Toko­roa qual­i­fied me­chanic, who works in a Ro­torua VTNZ, fills his time with the hobby.

But once it’s done it’s on to the next one.

‘‘ I en­joy more the build­ing of it, some­times be­cause it’s hard not be­cause it’s easy; any­body could do easy,’’ he said.

The self pro­claimed New Zealand’s old­est boy racer said he taught him­self ev­ery­thing he knew.

And over the years he has strug­gled to pick a favourite.

‘‘At the time, the one I am do­ing is my favourite,’’ he said.

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