2015 Flame throwing wedding car for family outings at CRC Speedshow

First time entrants to CRC Speedshow, Kumeu couple Wayne and Carol Gum, not only use their American muscle carfor family and friend’s weddings, but also when they renewed their own wedding vows.

2015 - First time entrants to CRC Speedshow, Kumeu couple Wayne and Carol Gum, not only use their American muscle carfor family and friend’s weddings, but also when they renewed their own wedding vows. 

The Gum family’s flame throwing wedding car, a 1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau, will be displayed at the CRC Speedshow, New Zealand’s biggest motoring event held at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on July 18-19. 

The 2015 CRC Speedshow will attract tens of thousands of fans, plus the special celebration of all things ‘classic’ with the Classic Cover Insurance Classic Show, presenting a hand-picked selection of around 40 of New Zealand’s best classic and originally restored cars and motorcycles.

The Gums can’t imagine life without their dark green car.  Wayne’s love of classic cars dates back to the mid-1960s when he put a 290-cubic-inch engine into one of the first Ford Falcons models.

 “We haven’t been involved with car shows for several years and we felt the time was right to clean the T-bird up, and show it off again,” says Carol.

“We oversaw the ground-up restoration of this beauty.  It started by bringing her over from Idaho, USA in 2000.  We did all the mechanical side ourselves, but had Barry’s Point Panelbeaters and Painters work on the panel and paint work.” 

Since importing the car 15 years ago Carol says it has been a true love affair.

“The restoration process was a true nut and bolt affair; stripping everything that could be stripped, then more! The sense of achievement at the end product made it all worthwhile,” she adds.

“We are very proud of this magnificent vehicle.  The history of the 1966 Thunderbird is well documented, right up to being the star of the Thelma and Louise movie.”

Gum’s T-bird has been used for their children’s weddings along with several other weddings, including when they renewed their own vows a couple of years ago. 

“We’ve had fun travelling around the country while enjoying all the sights. The car is a luxurious vehicle to drive, and be driven in.   She gets plenty of head turners, and thumbs up from other motorists. When we park somewhere for a coffee, frequently people stop to admire it and taking photos.  Off to the side are two very proud owners.”

The T-bird is only a mildly modified car; its engine fitted with a FE428 with a Holley 750 double pumper engine, 2800rpm high stall torque converter, custom exhaust, half- inch exiting with three-inch electronic dump pipes, custom Foose chrome mag wheels, and LPG exhaust flame throwers.

CRC Speedshow director, Ross Prevette, says he’s excited for the fans this year and says the entry from Kuemu is exciting.

“Wayne and Carol’s Thunderbird is a stunning example of a custom car and we’re fortunate to have it coming to CRC Speedshow this year. Show-goers can also vote for their favourite car or motorbike known, the people’s choice award, with both the award winner and one lucky voter taking home some great prizes, courtesy of our sponsors.”

The ninth annual CRC Speedshow takes place at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds over the weekend of 18 and 19 July 2015. Tickets are available at the gate and from the show website www.speedshow.co.nz. 

More information about the 2015 CRC Speedshow can be found on the website; www.speedshow.co.nz.