BEST OF THE SPEED SHOW

Story John Ox­ley, im­ages Cathy Parker and John Ox­ley.

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The CRC Speed­show, held at Auck­land’s ASB Show­grounds on the week­end of July 22 and 23, was its usual ex­trav­a­ganza of petrol-head ex­cel­lence – with a cou­ple of elec­tric projects thrown in – and de­spite at times iffy weather, en­ter­tain­ing driv­ing of ev­ery­thing from lawnmower rac­ers to world-class drifters “Mad Mike” Whid­dett and “Fanga Dan” Wool­house, all very side­ways as they strut­ted their stuff on the wet and slip­pery makeshift arena track.

It was a day of heaven, with each hall with the stuff of dreams, from clas­sic cars through hot-rods, to the lat­est re­leases, plus a few things that made your mind bog­gle.

We went early on open­ing day Satur­day so we could stroll through the ex­hibits and take pic­tures of those ex­hibits which grabbed our at­ten­tion. En­joy!

This 1932 Ford Road­ster trans­forms from road­ster to coupe to soft top, and is owned by Lance and Jackie Crane.

The orig­i­nal Mor­gan three­wheeler was a mag­i­cal car pow­ered by a two-cylin­der JAP en­gine. The mod­ern equiv­a­lent is fairly true to the orig­i­nal, but with sops to safety such as the rollover bars and disc brakes.

The orig­i­nal Is­sigo­nis Mini even­tu­ally ap­peared as a pickup – but none as rad­i­cal as Steve Clare’s mi­dengine Rover V8 mon­ster.

Looks like a chopped van – un­til you look in­side and see the mas­sive V8 power plant sit­ting over the axle!

For the bike fans – Har­ley David­son Sport­ster.

Based on a 1930 Model A Tu­dor, the Surtz was built and is owned by Neil Sur­tees.

As if the Ford Ranger isn’t enough of a tough truck, you can get it to­tally mod­i­fied to make it look even tougher.

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