Glitz & glamour
The CRC Speedshow presented Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show
By Greg Stokes
Due to the 3M sponsored visit of internationally renowned automotive customizer Chip Foose, this year’s CRC Speedshow was set to go off the hook. There were so many attractions to the show which kept the increased public numbers entertained all day. The CRC Speedshow has become the must do event for anyone with the slightest interest in all things automotive. We attended the show on two levels – one as a trade vendor with GMS Hot Rods and two as a car show entrant with four cars displayed in the Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show. From our perspective it was a successful and positive weekend all round.
This year’s Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show was well supported with a lot of new builds which made for a refreshing looking show and in some cases the judging was very difficult with fierce competition in some classes. Chip Foose was impressed with the quality and was asked to select his pick which was Royce Everett’s 1932 Ford roadster with its unique bespoke styling. Ian Neary’s Plymouth GTX also attracted Chip’s attention which between these two cars, it speaks volumes for New Zealand’s modified car hobby in general.
If this year’s CRC Speedshow and associated show’s within a show are anything to go by then the future is in great shape. It is hoped and many people said it that this show has strong potential to be “the show” where people will always debut new builds much like Australian and American shows do. I for one support this totally as aside from what the CRC Speedshow offers there is no other quality indoor hot rod and custom car show running. So we all need to collectively support this moving forward.
Bruce & Raelene Carter’s 1933 Ford sedan was built by Rods by Reid approximately ten years ago and it still appears brand new. They received a First Place in the Hot Rod sedan category.
Ross Bell’s 1933 Ford roadster has been a long time coming and it was displayed for the first time and received the People’s Choice award.
Todd Smythe’s Magoo’s Street Rods built Model A pickup was awarded First Place in the Hot Rod Commercial category.
From Pukekohe was Simon Tippins of Creative Metalworks with this rare 1941 Hupmobile Skylark which was placed 3rd in the Hot Rod Sedan class.
Built by Mac’s Speed Shop for Royce Everett, this striking, unique and bespoke 1932 Ford roadster was First Place in Hot Rod Roadster and also Chip Foose’s pick.
New from GMS Hot Rods for Greg Stokes and Tania Foster is this extremely low 1932 Ford roadster entirely in bare metal. The roadster was mocked together hours before the show and placed first in the Unfinished category.
New for this year was the SOUND FM sponsored Chopper and Motorcycle Show which was very well supported.
GMS Hot Rods was one of the many trade vendors on display and reported a busy weekend all round.
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Chip Foose was the guest of 3M and his visit will be remembered by many with autographing sessions, drawing sessions and a couple of seminars.
The CRC Speedshow is about all things automotive as shown here with Angus Fogg’s gorgeous Mustang he races in the Central Muscle Car series with great success.
New from GMS Hot Rods was Brian and Elizabeth Ogle’s 1932 Ford coupe which is still under construction – it placed 2nd in the Unfinished category.
From Franklin Speed Shop just out of Waiuku is Luke Ennion’s Model A pickup which received 3rd place in the Hot Rod pickup category.
Ian Neary’s Plymouth GTX is world class with a Dodge Viper V10 engine for power.
John Allen’s 1932 Ford coupe won Best Hot Rod Coupe which is impressive when you consider the fact he drives it all over New Zealand.