2014 - South Auckland’s ‘glow in the dark’ hot rod to debut at show

Imagine a ‘glow in the dark’ hot rod. Well, if you go to the 2014 CRC Speedshow later this month, that’s exactly what you’ll see, thanks to Waiuku’s Luke Ennion.

South Auckland’s ‘glow in the dark’ hot rod to debut at show

Date: July, 2014

Imagine a ‘glow in the dark’ hot rod. Well, if you go to the 2014 CRC Speedshow later this month, that’s exactly what you’ll see, thanks to Waiuku’s Luke Ennion.

Ennion is one of eight South Auckland custom vehicle owners who are prepping and polishing their metal masterpieces being featured in the national event at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds over the weekend of 19 and 20 July. 

The 2014 CRC Speedshow features a special show-within-the-show called the Castrol EDGE/Teng Tools Custom Show and the South Auckland area is to be well represented with entries from Pokeno, Mangere Bridge, Karaka Lakes, Manukau, Pukekohe, Papakura and Waiuku. The dazzling display is expected to attract tens of thousands of fans, showcasing around 50 of New Zealand’s hand-picked, best hot rods, American and Australian street machines, hi-tech Japanese and European customs, custom motorbikes and pickups.

Ennion’s visionary concept has turned bits and pieces of metal into a truly one-of-a-kind hot rod vehicle. After four years in the making, the Ford-based roadster is ready for showing. So far he’s got comments from people saying it reminds them of the space cars that cartoon characters, the Jetsons, zoomed around in. The two-seater has a dome roof, made from polycarbonate plastic, the same material used in helicopters. The white body paint work glows in the dark because of phosphorous pigments used on the white base colour.

Ennion also wanted to prove something even more poignant with this project – that a top hot rod could be built without the need for a big budget. When he started, he couldn’t afford to buy a steel body, so thought there must be other ways to achieve his dream. The 29 year old fitter welder, explains the build has taken four solid years, taking every weekend and every night – and a whole heap of help from family, friends, and anyone who could contribute.

“It’s been a real ‘mates in the shed’ team effort and a long road, but it’s turned out real good. I wanted something cheap, functional and would turn heads – for all the right reasons,” he says.

The car’s details may surprise and even shock some people. For example, Ennion used a dashboard from a Ford Anglia as the rear bumper. That kind of innovation has been used throughout this hand-built custom car, and it gives both experienced car guys and less knowledgeable people a lot to look it and ponder.

“There’s a lot of mystique about this car. The people who have seen it so far, have really loved it. The feedback I’ve had from highly experience and respected rodders, has been nothing short of excellent. Some are even saying it may be the best hot rod in the country at the moment.”

Ennion says the best part of all, is that everyone can make up their own minds about what they see. He’d like this car to be an inspiration for other people to make launch their own build.

“It proves you can achieve something special without the need for tonnes of money,” he explains. “All you need is a vision and determination to make it happen.”

Representing the two-wheel faction, Manukau’s Imroz Faiyaz Buksh has chosen to display his Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 motorcycle. It was imported from the United States last year and is the only one of its kind in the country to date. 

Buksh says his passion for bikes has been strong for 15 years, and extends into drag racing and other serious bike participation, which means having bikes that aren’t merely ‘show ponies’ or ‘trailer queens’ – he wants to be able to walk the walk, and talk the talk. He likes encouraging people about his sport and says that anyone can do it if they have the drive and passion. Passion and speed go hand in hand for this 36 year old.

One of his biggest achievements so far is running his first nine-second quarter mile on the drag strip in Meremere earlier this year.

“Guys have spent years trying to achieve these times with similar model bikes, but I managed to improve my timing in a short time with this bike, and it is a registered (street legal) bike. My fastest run so far in a quarter mile has been 9.96 seconds at 229 km/h,” Buksh says.

For those bike enthusiasts, you may want to know the bike has a massive 240/40 r18 rear wheel and an eight inch extended swing arm and was imported from the United States by Sweet Street Motorcycles.

The other South Auckland residents participating in the custom show at CRC Speedshow will display a 1957 Chevrolet Sports Coupe in the American street machine modified category, a 2005 Harley Davidson Hard Tail Bobber and a 1989 Suzuki GN250 in the custom motorcycle category, a 1956 Ford F100 in the custom car or pickup category, and a 1974 Datsun 240K GT and a lowered 1999 Nissan Navara in the Hi-tech performance Japanese custom class.

CRC Speedshow director Ross Prevette says: “I’m with our team in getting really excited when all the custom show entrants start arriving at the ASB Showgrounds as we build up the show. The custom show hall was fantastic last year and it’s going to be every bit as good, if not better, this year.”

Prevette adds: “Show-goers can vote for their favourite vehicle – the people’s choice – with both the award winner and one lucky voter taking home some great prizes courtesy of sponsors Castrol EDGE, Teng Tools, NZ Petrolhead and NZ Rodder.

“And for all that it’s absolutely fantastic and a key attraction, the Castrol EDGE/Teng Tools Custom Show is just one component of a very busy CRC Speedshow. There’s a second show-within-the-show with the brand-new Classic Cover Insurance Classic Show featuring around 40 of New Zealand’s finest original and restored classic cars and motorcycles.

“With a record 28 new car and motorcycle brands represented at the show, fans can indulge their passion for exotic autos like Ferrari, Lotus, McLaren and Maserati, or for those with a valid motorcycle licence, join Harley-Davidson for a test ride straight from the show and back again. We’ve got high speed motorsport in miniature with the North Harbour Radio Controlled Car Club’s inaugural New Zealand Indoor Offroad Championship. Sell or buy a car or motorcycle in our special Park ‘N’ Sell Zone for competition, classic and custom vehicles, and indulge your passion for automobiles and motorsport with an action-packed weekend at CRC Speedshow.”

The eighth annual CRC Speedshow takes place at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds over the weekend of 19 and 20 July 2014. Tickets are available at the gate and the show website www.speedshow.co.nz has the latest news, competitions and show activities to entertain the whole family.

Thanks to NZV8 magazine for the image of Luke Ennion’s car.