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Selwyn Times: August 29, 2018

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30 Wednesday August 29 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi MY PRIDE AND JOY SELWYN TIMES For the love of Betty Thomas Costello has owned more than one Plymouth Duster; the first when living in Hawaii when he met his wife Leanne in 1991. His interest in the car was rekindled five years ago when Thomas purchased a 1974 Plymouth Duster. “I watched it on TradeMe for around eighteen months until a ‘buy now’ price tempted me,” explains Thomas. Thomas and Leanne love their Plymouth, reminding them of when they first met. The Plymouth is powered by a 410 Small Block Indy headed stroker motor with 727 automatic transmission and 3000 stall running through an 8¾ rear end differential, 3.23 ratio and trutrac centre and is fitted with 275/60/15 tyres. “It’s loud and aggressive,” says Thomas, who found the car’s restoration to be a great family project with his sons helping recondition and enhance the motor and rebuild the suspension The Plymouth has an imitation snakeskin vinyl rooftop and its original paintwork (complete with dents, dings and scratches), and is nicknamed ‘Brown Betty’ due to its colour, a name that has caught on with friends who call her ‘Betty’. It has a tidy interior while the dashboard has been refurbished and the automatic transmission mounted on the floor, as opposed to the original column gear change. “I’ve had a couple of manual floor mounted Plymouths, which are probably worth more, however, the Duster has sentimental value and is a fun car,” explains Thomas who says the family love cruising in it. “My eldest son is tall so prefers driving the Plymouth rather than accessing the back seat where there’s only room for two. The front bench has seatbelts for three.” The whole rear seat back can pack down flat making room for skis or surfboards. This feature was introduced in 1973, with only around 300 made with this option in 1974. Most weekends, the family head out in ‘Betty’. “There’s no point owning a special car if you don’t drive and enjoy it,” suggests Thomas, who thinks his Plymouth Duster may currently be the only one in Canterbury as it is usually one of a kind at car events, although at Caroline Bay it had the company of a Plymouth Duster from Dunedin. “People love its uniqueness and appreciate the work that’s gone into the car.” Thomas and the boys have taken the car around the circuit as well as down the ¼ mile at Ruapuna. They have also made many like-minded friends who helped and encouraged Thomas during its restoration. This kind of support is the reason Thomas and others from the Selwyn Petrolheads are assisting with another Selwyn Motor Fest, where the 1974 Plymouth Duster will also be on show. With the support of the Selwyn District Council, this event will be held on Sunday, 25th November, from 10am until 3pm (on the same site as last year - opposite Rolleston College). If wishing to be involved as a sponsor or exhibitor, contact selwynmotorfest@ gmail.com. 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 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 August 29 2018 31 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Local business expansion reflects district’s growth The population and business growth in the Selwyn district have seen many local businesses expanding and Rolleston based Holland Collision Centre is one such business with the company currently finalising Council consent for the construction of a new building just across the road from their existing site. The business will still be working out of its current site with the new building devoted to repairs that are more structural in nature. The new panel shop will be fitted out with a new 3D chassis measuring system and the latest technology in the field, allowing Holland Collision Centre to keep up with demand for heavy structural repairs, such as when a vehicle is in a serious crash or more complex repairs need to be undertaken. Business will not be interrupted during the process of construction with the new building is expected to be up and running by the end of the year. As specialists in all facets of panel repairs from the removal dents and dings to larger structural repairs and paint refinishing on vehicles of all sizes, Hollands Collision Centre is well positioned to serve the people of Rolleston as well as other parts of the Selwyn district. Whether it is a smaller car or larger vehicle such as a motorhome, caravan, horse float or any kind of work or refinishing needed for a truck, they have the expertise and equipment to do the job. As a local employer, many young people have had the opportunity to enter the industry with apprenticeships at Holland Collision Centre. Many have also had promotional opportunities, taking on higher level positions within the company. One such person is Jake Ackers, who recently won an IAG business scholarship after being one of 40 candidates. Jake has now moved from his role as panel shop foreman to become the second on-site assessor. With two on-site assessors and as approved repairers for all major insurance companies, Holland Collision Centre is now in an even better position to look after your panel needs. They can take care of the paperwork along with the repairs to have you back on the road in the quickest possible time. Loan cars are also available if needed. Holland Collision Centre would like to thank all their customers including their local business clients for their continued patronage over the years. Holland Collision Centre is open 7.30am until 5pm, Mondays to Fridays and Saturday mornings from 8am until 12noon. If you need their assistance you can contact them on 03 347 8703 or email: cameron@hollandcollision.co.nz. Call the professionals: Holland Collision Centre staff from left Jake Ackers, Cameron Holland and Rod Hurst. 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 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 www.jonesroadauto.co.nz • 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 Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central www.rojones.co.nz PH 0800 RO JONES