2015 Over the moon about hot rod project

New Plymouth business owner, Ian Lind, is over the moon about his hand crafted creation being displayed at thecountry’s largest motorsport event, the CRC Speedshow, later this month.

2015 - New Plymouth business owner, Ian Lind, is over the moon about his hand crafted creation being displayed at thecountry’s largest motorsport event, the CRC Speedshow, later this month.

Lind’s mechanical labour of love is a 1932 Ford Roadster, in an original colour scheme, Washington Blue with cream pin stripes and matching cream spoke wheels.

The 2015 show will attract tens of thousands of fans, and it’s a special celebration of all things with engines.  The Teng Tools Grand National Rod & Custom Show, part of the CRC Speedshow, offers a hand-picked selection of around 40 of New Zealand’s best hot rods and custom made motorbikes.

Lind became interested in car modification as a teenager, while working on a Morris Minor with fats and a repower with a Transit V4 block. That car never got finished with a good coat of paint because the wages of an apprentice fitter and turner didn’t justify such costs, he remembers.

He’d spend most week nights either repairing the diff of the gear box ready for the weekend’s high jinks.  This meant meeting with others to have drag racing up the main street. 

“We only had one set of traffic lights in those days, and as you can imagine, it was the ‘go to’ place for fun, speed and a gathering place for those that had a flair for modified cars,” he says, citing how things have now changed in the modern day.

Some years later after the family left home, the passion for speed, cars and bikes was still top of his list so he decided to venture into building a car from a kit, several motor bikes, and finally the undertaking of his first real restoration project, a 1939 Chevy coupe.

Since then a number of cars have been added to the stable and the latest is the 1932 Ford Roadster which will be displayed at the CRC Speedshow.

The car has a flat head French Block, Kiwi connection rails, Brookville steel body, Hogan heads, dual spark, and leather trim.

Four years ago on a trip to the USA, he visited Vic Edelbrock’s private collection in California.  Vic is the owner and driving force of the Edelbrock business that casts and machines many engine parts, including heads, blowers, and intake manifolds since the 1930’s.

The 1932 Ford Roadster was a turning point in Edelbrock history as it was Vic Senior’s entry into the world of ‘hot rods’ and inspired the design and manufacture of the first Edelbrock intake manifold.

“What an amazing collection of cars and memorabilia.  What grabbed my eye were three Ford ‘32 Roadsters; they just did it for me,” says Ian.

“Returning home I decided to build a Ford ‘32 Roadster from scratch. After contacting the states we found a chassis builder to provide us the starting point and then it was a pain staking process sourcing all the hundreds of part and panels from various companies in USA.

“I took lots of photos of Vic’s collection, and I had them printed out and stuck on the wall for the next three years as progress took place with the build.”

How did the car turn out? Well, Lind is “over the moon.”

“As an engineer and having my own business, Meco Engineering Co Ltd in New Plymouth, I have some clever guys in the team to help with my restoration projects from time to time.”

Lind admits that as he moves closer to retirement from full-time engineering, the passion for cars will only continue as he is always looking for ‘that next project’.

CRC Speedshow director, Ross Prevette, says he’s excited for the fans this year and says this car will look right at home at this national event.

“We are obviously delighted to be showing Ian’s Ford this year. It’s a stunning example of the talent we have here in New Zealand and just goes to show what can be hidden in garages all over the country including around New Plymouth.”

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