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Selwyn Times: April 25, 2017

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22 Tuesday April 25 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi MY PRIDE AND JOY A family of Triumphs Bob Humm grew up around old cars, forming an interest he passed onto his sons. This penchant is reflected in the three generation connection the family has had with the Vintage Car Club (beginning with Bob’s father). They also like classic cars, with Bob and son Graeme both owning Triumph 2.5’s. Bob and Esme purchased their 1977 Triumph after seeing it at a McLeans Island Swap Meet. “Bob was about to have his hip replaced and wanted a car that would be easier to get into than the sports car we had,” explains Esme. While they had never driven a Triumph, they thought it looked rather stylish. “The 2.5 was pretty smart in its day,” says Bob. “The interior was a poor man’s Rolls-Royce and with the independent rear suspension it’s easy to drive with no need to change gears all the time, to the point where you can often drive round a corner in the same gear.” The Triumph has a manual gearbox with an overdrive in third and fourth. This makes it more economical. It is also quieter with a relaxed comfortable drive though their road handling or cornering capabilities are not that of a newer car. Graeme who had a Jowett handed down to him by Bob, wanted a car that was less draughty in winter. He saw his 1974 Triumph 2.5 advertised in Nelson so flew up to see it, making the purchase and driving it home. When he purchased his 1977 Triumph Spitfire, it had been sitting unused for a few years and needed work on the suspension through to the engine and clutch. It took around a month of full-time labour to have the car running smoothly again. Graeme says the Spitfire, which has a 1500cc engine is light and quite nippy. The Spitfire 1500 was produced from 1974 to 1980 and was the last model in the series to roll off the production line. Both the Mark I (1962-1964) and Mark II (1964-1967) had an 1147cc engine while the Mark III (1967-1970) and Mark IV (1970-1974) had a 1396cc engine. Graeme finds the Spitfire economical to run, getting about 12km to the litre around town and 13-14km on a long trip. He and Bob say the 2.5 is slightly less economical at about 11km around town and nearer 13km per litre on a long trip. They have found the Triumphs reliable vehicles though Bob and Esme, who have taken their car on many rallies, once had to call on Graeme to tow them up the Arthur’s Pass Viaduct due to a fuel blockage. Given the family’s long-term love of old vehicles, the Triumphs are likely to be in the family for some time yet. “We’ll be keeping our Triumph while we still have an interest in classic cars,” says Esme. “Mine will be passed on to my boys,” adds Graeme. Bob in his Triumph 2.5 SELWYN TIMES Graeme’s Triumph The interior was a poor man’s Rolls-Royce. Triumph 2.5 engine. 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 25 2017 23 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Double the tyre facilities in one place There is now a specialist heavy vehicle tyre facility right in the heart of Rolleston. Bridgestone Tyre Centre recently opened new premises which are purpose built for commercial vehicles; right next door to their current retail one-stop tyre shop in Jones Road. This new facility has a drive through bay, solely for commercial work and is fitted with all the equipment needed to efficiently work on heavy machinery, whether a large truck, tractor, front end loader, or other type of large vehicle. With this new facility, Bridgestone Tyre Centre can now provide a prompt service in the supply and fitting of loader, tractor, bus, and larger truck tyres, as well as other light commercial vehicles. This venue will also be a convenient option for wheel alignments for these big motors. Of course, Bridgestone Tyre Centre still provides their 24-hour fleet service, where their skilled staff will travel out to businesses, to complete work on trade vehicles. Focus for the original Bridgestone Tyre Centre outlet at 847 Jones Road, is now on retail customers with a full range of services offered for their wheels. This includes the supply and fitting of new tyres, retreads and batteries; carrying out wheel alignments; conducting warrant of fitness tests; repairing punctures; and servicing cars, four-wheel drives, motorbikes, vans and other light commercials. If wanting your motor groomed, Bridgestone Tyre Centre can also help. They have a full-time grooming service for cars, 4WDs, vans, motorhomes, caravans, light commercial vehicles, trucks and even boats. A meticulous job at a reasonable rate is promised. Bridgestone Tyre Centre emphasises a quality job, carried out with a high level of customer service. This includes providing courtesy cars for those who have things to do while their wheels are being sorted. There is also a comfortable place to wait where there is a children’s corner, plenty of free coffee or hot chocolate, a television and a massage chair for those needing a little more R&R. Bridgestone Tyre Centre is located at 845-847 Jones Road, where their retail and new commercial sites sit side by side. You will find them open, Monday to Friday, from 7.30am until 5pm, and on Saturday mornings from 9am until 12noon. If you would like to make a booking, give Bridgestone Tyre Centre a call on 347 4702 or 0800 838 973. You can also email Bridgestone Tyre Centre’s new premises located at 845-847 Jones Road, are purpose built for commercial vehicles. Not just a tyre shop! • On-farm services - NO CALLOUT FEE (Selwyn district) • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Agricultural tyres • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & tV while you wait. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 847 jones rd, rolleston • Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs • Two great locations • Collision repair specialists • Free loan cars and vans • Insurance repairs, smash repairs, rust repairs, fibreglassing • From motorbikes to horse floats • No job is too big or small • Open most Saturday mornings for customer convenience BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central PH 0800 RO JONES 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213