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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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26 Wednesday December 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES MY PRIDE AND JOY Local cars will be on show at Muscle Car Madness Competitors will be coming from all over New Zealand and even some from overseas, to show their cars and enjoy a weekend of activities at Muscle Car Madness in January. One man who will be there again this year is Bill Casey who has attended the event nine times, travelling all the way from Minnesota in the United States. Classic cars, street machines, muscle cars and hot rods have become a big hobby in New Zealand with many businesses having spawned from this. This includes a number of Selwyn locals, who can boast a lot of top cars with many of their owners, keen participants of the Muscle Car Madness show. One such person is Dave Jeffery who runs a small part-time hobby business in Rolleston, building some of the wildest ‘rat rods’ in the country. Dave’s vehicles are very different and could be described as art forms. A lot of thought goes into every creation his company, BellaRat customs creates. Dave has unique customers and tries to please everyone with no two vehicles alike. His first car, BellaRat won top prize at the huge Beach Hop show up north. Dave has built a 6-wheeler creation, dubbed Semi-Rat. He also recently finished a truck called Diesel Rat for the same customer. This is powered by a twin-turbo 1350 horsepower diesel engine. His wife is supportive and has a custom Hudson sedan whilst one of the projects waiting for his magic touch is an alloy bodied early 1920s Rolls Royce. Another local man Mal Hurrell, who runs the Weedons based Custom Made Garage Doors, has a nice collection of custom cars including his latest, a black 1932 Ford ‘hiboy’ roadster, powered by a 350 Chevrolet and automatic transmission. It will be this car’s first outing to the Rangiora show. “I think he’s had all his cars there at one time or another,” says Craig Stare, organiser of Muscle Car Madness. “There’s a huge amount of collector cars being built in garages around the Selwyn area.” Muscle Car Madness is a family oriented event with three generations of some families attending. It will be held from Thursday, 25th January to Sunday, 28th January 2018, at the Rangiora A&P Showgrounds in Ashley Street, Rangiora. Spectator entry is: $18 per person with children up to 15 years free. For further information, contact Craig on 3478 388 or email stottle@xtra.co.nz. Mal Hurrell’s just finished traditional 1932 Ford Roadster. David Jeffery built this wild ride 1350HP ‘Diesel-Rat’. 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email cameron.hcc@paradise.net.nz • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars ✓ TRUCKS ✓ CARS ✓ LUBES ✓ SERVICING ✓ FLEET WORK ✓ BOATS ✓ DIESEL INJECTOR & PUMP SERVICING ✓ ENGINE TUNING ✓ BRAKES ✓ MAXXIS TYRES ✓ WHEEL ALIGNMENTS ✓ BATTERIES ✓ WOFs ✓ CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! We wish all our customers a Merry Christmas. Closing noon 22 December, reopening 8 January 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

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday December 20 2017 27 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS How safe is your driving? We consider ourselves good drivers, albeit with the odd mistake yet our driving prowess would improve by driving defensively, bringing with it safer roads. Unfortunately, too many drivers engage in dangerous behaviour appearing not to recognise that unsafe driving is the main cause of accidents. Speeding – One of the main causes of road accidents is excessive speed especially when cornering. Driving too close to the car in front or tailgating – Many have a misconception about driver reaction time. This is the length of time it takes for our brain to register we must press the brake, our body to react, and our foot to push the pedal. The car will also take time to completely stop. Driver reaction time varies from person to person. When totally alert it might take 1½ seconds so the two-second rule helps ensure a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. If travelling faster, conditions are poor like heavy rain, towing something, or driving a larger heavier vehicle, longer will be needed. To determine a two-second gap, as the vehicle in front passes a landmark count ‘one thousand and one, one thousand and two’. If your vehicle reaches the roadside marker before you count two, you are following too closely. Intimidation through bully boy tactics – Behaviour of this kind is dumb and reflects impatience and an inability to recognise the danger of driving too close to another vehicle. Impatience when driving – This can lead to poor judgement on the road like cutting corners. You may get there minutes earlier but was endangering the lives of others worth it? Overtaking dangerously – Overtaking without identifying a clear road ahead or before a blind corner, puts lives risk. Not driving to the conditions – This includes driving too fast given the weather or another potential hazards like cyclists who need a wide birth, pedestrians who might cross in front of your car, or vehicles that might suddenly pull out from the curb or back out of a driveway. Driving under the influence – Intoxication impairs judgement. We think we can drive safely but we no longer have the mental capacity or quickness to do so because alcohol is a muscle relaxant. Allowing distractions – Easy ways to cause an accident or road hazard are through distractions such as turning your head to talk to someone in the car, looking at things on the roadside, texting or talking on a cell phone (even hands free). You will not be looking at or fully concentrating on the road. Driver fatigue – We can feel sleepy after driving a long distance, especially on a hot day. Often the focus is on ‘getting there’ rather than appreciating the journey and taking breaks to keep fresh and alert. Headlights not on when poor visibility – If light is poor, other drivers may not see your vehicle. Turning the lights on is also a good practice when driving on country roads, especially if a motorcyclist. Driving defensively saves lives and helps ensure you and your family return home safely. Driving too close will mean not stopping in time. Cutting corners endangers lives. Jones Road Auto Happy Christmas and safe travels this holiday season. We will be closed from Sat 23rd Dec, reopening Mon 8th Jan. ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston www.jonesroadauto.co.nz 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 www.rojones.co.nz PH 0800 RO JONES