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Selwyn Times: May 30, 2017

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28 Tuesday May 30 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi MY PRIDE AND JOY SELWYN TIMES A Chevrolet experience It was the sporty stylish look of the 1961 Chevrolet Impala coupe that first attracted Anneliese to her car. She was just twenty at the time. “My father always had old American cars so it wasn’t a surprise that I shared the same passion,” explains Anneliese. “We spent a lot of time looking for a car, searching and considering options on eBay then I saw the 61. It was in the days of dial up Internet so bidding was slow and it took some time to work out whether I’d won the auction or not.” Some years later, Anneliese still owns and loves her car though it has been changed over the years, with her Chevrolet Impala coupe looking quite different from when it first arrived in New Zealand. “It’s been an on-going journey of restoration,” explains Anneliese. Over the years, the car has been totally rebuilt. The engine was rebuilt recently and in 2015 the interior stripped and refurbished; taken back to the original factory specification. This included restoring the window mechanisms, and replacing all interior hardware and upholstery. The 1961 Chevrolet Impala coupe has a 348 cu in, Tri-Power, big block V8 engine which was rebuilt by Rod Allen from New Plymouth. The 348 cu in, 280hp was a factory option in 1961. In January this year, Anneliese took the car to Muscle Car Madness in Rangiora where it was judged one of the Top Ten Cars. The event was a family affair with husband, Mark and their daughters also enjoying the weekend. When Anneliese and Mark got married, she drove the bridesmaids to the church in her coupe then Mark took over the wheel to drive them to the reception at Mapua wharf in Nelson. Anneliese’s Chevrolet has featured in the New Zealand Hot Rod magazine and made the journey to the Beach Hop in Whangamata several times. The family enjoys attending car events and Anneliese gets into the spirit, dressing in 1960s vintage pin-up fashion. They all enjoy getting out for a day in Ms Dxie, as the car is fondly called. “The 61 rides differently to a modern car, which we find enjoyable to drive and I love the nostalgia it offers,” adds Anneliese. The 61 Chevrolet was judged a Top Ten Car at Muscle Car Madness this year. Named Ms Dxie, Anneliese was just 20 when she got her 61 Chevrolet. 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 The interior has been stripped and refurbished. The 1961 Chevrolet Impala coupe has a 348 cu in, Tri- Power, big block V8 engine. 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 May 30 2017 29 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Winter motoring The district’s population and tourism numbers have steadily increased in the last five years with the result that Selwyn’s roads are now much busier. This and the onset of winter are good reasons to take extra care on the roads while having your vehicle serviced, before the seriously cold weather is on us will help ensure it is up to the job ahead. Driving in wintertime can mean negotiating damp and at times icy roads, as well as potentially dangerous conditions when there is heavy rain, hail, sleet, snow or fog. Visibility is improved when windscreen wiper blades are in good condition so why not have these checked at one of the automotive service centres around the district? After a dry patch, a residue of oil on the road when combined with a little rain can make the roads greasy and it will take longer to stop when braking. This is made worse if the tread on your tyres is worn or the brakes are in poor condition. In fact, tyres that are not road safe is a key reason for many WOF rejections while poor tyre pressure also makes vehicle handling and braking more difficult. Car batteries work harder in winter, something that is worth having checked and replaced if on the brink, to ensure the car will start on those cold frosty mornings. Most automotive centres or battery specialists are able to test the life of a battery in just a couple of minutes. You will also want the heater working properly, while the air conditioning is a quick and efficient way to demist the windows so ask your mechanic to check these as well. As antifreeze loses its effectiveness with time, top this up to prevent the water in your vehicle’s cooling system from freezing and rust deteriorating the radiator and engine. A check over by your mechanic might also show up any mechanical issues that could impact on your vehicle’s reliability or safety factor. They can carry out a diagnostic test of your vehicle’s electrical systems too. Keep an eye on the due date for your warrant of fitness over winter as your insurance may be compromised if it has expired. You will also avoid a fine by having this up-to-date as well as your vehicle registered. Winter motoring means more driving in poor light or at night. It will be safer if your headlights are working and correctly adjusted. This, along with not following too close, by observing the two second rule, will mean you have sufficient time to stop. Lastly, ensure a clear road ahead before overtaking and never pass when there are double yellow lines or a bend ahead so you and other motorists are safe on the roads this winter. Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Driving in wintertime can mean negotiating damp and at times icy roads, as well as potentially dangerous conditions when there is heavy rain, hail, sleet, snow or fog. 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! • 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 Not just a tyre shop! On-FaRM SERViCES No CaLLout Fee (SElwyn diSTRiCT) aGRiCUlTURal TyRES Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. Enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & TV while you wait. BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central PH 0800 RO JONES • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm, Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 847 Jones Rd, Rolleston •