Eastern Courier : January 16th 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 18 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 16, 2013 NEWS Final prep: Lance Walsh readies the 1923 Ford T-bucket for this month's show. Moving monument: Ryan's portrait features on both sides of the hot rod. Music lover: Ryan Moore loved 1970s music. Keg power, above: A brew barrel is the fuel tank, complete with porthole to see how much 95 premium fuel is in it. Roar power, left: The Ford 302 Cleveland engine was fired up for the first time just days before Ryan's death. Gifted teen: Chuck and Sheila Moore with portraits of Ryan. Sheila says although Ryan was born in 1993 he identified with the 1970s era of 'peace, love and rock 'n roll' Go to easterncourier.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a clip of the fire-up. Watch Ryan and a friend perform a cover of Green Day's song Good Riddance. Monument to talented teen A 1923 Ford T-bucket provides an unusual memorial to a young man who died suddenly. This year's pin-up poster car for the Woodstock Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival, at Kumeu on January 19 and 20, was commissioned to honour Ryan Moore of Waitoki. Parents Chuck and Sheila own the car which carries two airbru- shed portraits of Ryan and tie-dyed pattern paintwork reflecting the 1970s era Ryan loved. A gifted young man, Ryan was a musician and sportsman with entrepren- eurial skill from a very young age, and an A-grade student at Rangi- toto College, Northcross Intermedi- ate School and Coatesville Primary School. He played guitar and piano, sang and wrote songs and loved music by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. A good surfer, swimmer, skier and snowboarder, he won a North Island freestyle secondary school skiing title and also placed fifth in a national motocross event when he was 11. Ryan's entrepreneurial skills came to the fore from the age of 10. He developed an interest in hot rods after going to the Kumeu hot rod show and similar car events so tried to persuade Chuck to import two Dodge Rams and sell one to pay for the other. He even got purchase and shipping quotes to prove his case. Chuck decided against providing his credit card details, but a few years later Ryan imported and sold skateboard decks at good profit, then created tie-dye T-shirts to sell. However, he suffered from depression. So Chuck and Ryan planned to work on a car together as a fun project to help keep his depression at bay. They bought a T-bucket in Whangarei which needed considerable work. Two months later, in April 2009, Ryan took his life aged 15. In a note he asked the family to finish the hot rod. They have done that, and the result will be on display at the Kumeu Showgrounds. Hot rod specialist Lance Walsh of Helensville has been preparing the T-bucket for three years, and con- siderable work has been done since the hot rod won people's choice, best hot rod and best commercial vehicle at last year's event. The winning car each year becomes the poster car to publicise the next Kumeu hot rod show and goes on display only. T4RYAN' is the car's plate, and it has never been driven since its rebuild. Lance developed a 38-year inter- est in hot rods at the age of 15 while living in Te Atatu when his father took him to a show. His first hot rod was a 1937 Ford pick-up, then came a 1932 Ford coupe done in near original style, followed by a 1927 Ford roadster he built himself. Now he has a 1957 Oldsmobile he's rebuilding to look old but with all mod cons. A Harbour City Rod Club member for 12 years, Lance says hot rods are becoming increasingly popular. He says there's a fascination about them among the young, and his oldest son already has a 1939 Chev- rolet sedan. After the show, Chuck and Sheila want to take Ryan's T-bucket to other New Zealand car events. Orig- inally from Colorado, settling in New Zealand after visiting in 1986, the Moores hope to take the hot rod to United States car shows as well. Chuck admits they're unlikely to ever drive the T-bucket. It's changed from what Ryan and I were doing as a first project and has been turned into a monument.'' Sheila and Chuck thank those who have helped prepare their hot rod. Particularly Lance Walsh, Steve Levine of Imagin-Airing Cus- tom Art on the North Shore, Dr Bob' Still and Tom Black. WOODSTOCK CLASSIC CAR AND HOT ROD FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS More than 40,000 visitors are expected at the 19th Woodstock Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival in Kumeu on January 19 and 20. Hundreds of cars will be lined up at the Kumeu Showgrounds. About 23 top class hot rods and classic cars feature in the main shed alone, but most of the cars, from Corvettes and muscle cars to old timers will be spread around the grounds. Visitors can vote for their choice of car and awards will be given for best in show and other categories. A mini-drag strip with racing models and a speedway display feature indoors too, and there's real drag car fire-ups. Outdoors there is modified hotsaw racing on the Saturday, expected to have world champion axeman Jason Wynyard on the chainsaws. These are four, 40-minute demonstration shows. Sunday sees freestyle bike riders giving four performance sessions throughout the day. Show hours are Saturday 7am to 6pm, and Sunday 8am to 5pm. Entry is $15 adult and under-12s free. Visit kumeuhotrodshow. co.nz for information.
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