This year's CRC Speedshow is heating up with the addition of the 2012 street rod of the year, a stunning 1936 Ford coupe owned by Howard and Carol Bond of Howick, which takes a prime display position at the massive annual auto and motorsport show.
The Bond's world-class Ford coupe won the street rod of the year title at an event earlier this year and features in the 2012 New Zealand Hot Rod Association (NZHRA) national hot rod show which forms part of this year's CRC Speedshow. The combined shows run over the weekend of 21 and 22 July at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland.
Two Auckland hot rod clubs - Glen Eden's Harbour City Rod Club and Howick's Southside Streeters - are the host clubs organising the special celebration of 50 years of hot rodding in New Zealand. CRC Speedshow visitors can enjoy a trip back in time as the show recognises the pioneering builders and fabricators with prime examples of original hot rods and drag racing cars from the '60s and '70s on display.
Ian McNeill of Harbour City Rod Club, and NZHRA Zone 2 (Auckland) director and hot rod show chairman, says: "The '36 coupe was built by Howard Bond and is an all-steel Ford body with numerous custom touches. The deep brandy-wine pearl paint was prepared and applied by Cascade Autofinish and it is a combination of the colour and the beautiful lines that make the Bonds' car a real eye-catcher. The car was built over a five-year period and reflects the professional image that hot rodding has garnered in New Zealand."
Judging in a variety of categories is a keenly-anticipated aspect of the NZHRA annual show and this year's 50th anniversary show sees intense competition among the invited clubs.
McNeill adds: "There will be some tough competition at this year's show with the Bonds' car being one of many recently-completed dream machines. They will all be battling it out in a judging environment and CRC Speedshow visitors also get to vote for their favourite vehicle in the Protecta Classic Insurance-sponsored peoples' choice category."
The Bonds have been involved with hot rodding for a number of years and have another award-winning car in their garage, a meticulously-detailed 1932 Ford coupe, says McNeill.
"Both cars feature uncompromising commitment to quality and finish and for Howard, he just enjoys building hot rods as much as driving them and displaying them. Already his beautiful 1936 Ford coupe has completed a trip around the Coromandel in all types of weather."
Howard Bond comments: "I built the '36 coupe to drive and I also wanted to build the best car I could. It's exactly as I envisaged it."
The sixth annual CRC Speedshow sees an exciting array of new and classic cars and motorcycles fill the ASB Showgrounds for a 'must see' weekend of displays, entertainment, great show specials and competitions. From Jetblack, the New Zealand-led challenge for the world land speed record with their 13-metre long concept car, a huge line-up of new cars and motorbikes from Mazda, Nissan, Ducati, Suzuki, Ford, Husqvarna, Chrysler, Jeep and Harley-Davidson, to the latest V8 touring cars, slot car racing and even racing mowers, CRC Speedshow has something to appeal to every kind and age of motoring enthusiast.
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