BEST OF THE SPEED SHOW
Story John Oxley, images Cathy Parker and John Oxley.
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.