Hundreds of people enjoyed viewing vehicles ranging in size
from a Mini to a restored bus at the Autospectacular 2012
held at the Edgar Centre on Saturday. Photo by Gerard
The advantage of owning a one-of-a-kind hot rod is that
motorists tend to let you pass when they see your machine
looming up large in their rear vision mirror.
That is the advice from David Jeffery whose 1928 Rat Rod was
a crowd pleaser at the Autospectacular 2012, held at the
Edgar Centre on Saturday.
"You never have to overtake anyone on the open road. I don't
mean to scare them, but when I come up behind any slow
motorists, they just pull over and let me pass."
See the slideshow: Autospectacular 2012
The Christchurch man said it took a year to build the
distinctive vehicle. Four months were spent on making it
driveable, while air bags were added due to the poor road
conditions caused by earthquakes.
The vehicle was largely built from a 1928 Dodge, but a large
number of parts were substituted, while the suspension was
from a Jaguar: "Because if you are going to drive it a lot,
it has to be comfortable."
Since the road-legal hot rod debuted on the road two years
ago, he had not been pulled over by police, but wonders what
they make of the visible shotgun shells near the front
windscreen and the police-hat-wearing skull on the grille.
"Part of the fun is building something like this and seeing
what you can get away with."
While people have asked him to build something similar for
them, he prefers to concentrate on his tree-topping business
and keep the hot-rod construction as a hobby.
"It is not like a normal hot rod which you can't touch.
You can touch and it is designed to be used whenever I need
to shoot into town."
The 1928 Rat Rod was just one of dozens of vehicles that
delivered an early Father's Day present for hundreds of car
American muscle cars competed with immaculate Minis, a
stately Packard and even a rare GT 40 for the attention of
car fans, while motorcycles, a bus, a swap meet, and
entertainment also warranted closer inspection.
This year's charity is the Chair of Neurosurgery Campaign.