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Famous makes and models and
price tags in excess of $100,000
made for a great day out but it
was a 1972 Datsun 1600 that
won the crowd’s heart at the
Otautau All Ford and Classic Car
show last weekend.
And, fittingly, the vehicle picked
for the people’s choice prize was
Otautau mechanic Triden Roff,
32, has spent close to seven
years painstakingly restoring and
improving the vehicle that was
“pretty much just a rust bucket on
wheels” when he bought it.
He has no idea how much his
project has cost, having stopped
counting at $15,000.
But it’s a beauty.
With help from family and friends
he has panelled, painted and
sourced parts from around New
Zealand and as far as America.
Now fitted with a Nissan 3-litre V6
engine with nitrous oxide, it’s also
been converted from fuel injection
back to carburetion. Originally
built with drum brakes, it has
now has disc brakes and it’s had
a whole new interior refit with
upholstery done by Just Dave’s
Upholstery in Otautau.
Mr Roff said he had to pay special
thanks to Keith, Jonny and Thel
from Central Garage in Otautau
for spending many hours after
work on the vehicle.
The Otautau outing last weekend
was the first public showing for
the car – and it almost didn’t
happen. Wet weather almost
stopped Mr Roff from taking it out
but he was talked round by his
Some 600 or more people turned
out to see the 211 cars on display.
Each person was given a voting
slip as they arrived to nominate
their favourite and Mr Roff’s pride
and joy got the most votes.
He’s more of a petrol head than
a boy racer, although concedes
he might have fit the boy racer
stereotype when he took on the
project seven years ago.
There was still some finishing
work to do on the car – not least
of which was the certification
paperwork – but he hoped to
have it all done in time for the
Otautau car show next year. And
that’s likely to be the end of the
“I don’t think I’ll build another one
I don’t think the missus would
let me actually.”
Once the Datsun is complete he
plans to just use it for enjoyment
cruising – and the occasional
A Te Anau clay target shooter has broken
the New Zealand International Skeet
record, hitting 123 of a possible 125
Grant Taylor made his incredible
performance at the New Zealand
Championships held at the Balfour Gun
Club during the weekend of February 14
and 15. It was the first time the record
had been broken in about five years. The
previous record sat at 121 targets.
Although there were only five shooters in
the competition that weekend, Mr Taylor
was up against some tough competition,
including Commonwealth Games silver
medallist Jeff Jukes.
Mr Taylor is a member of the New Zealand
He plans to travel to the Oceania
Championships in Sydney in November
and has his sights set on gaining
selection to represent New Zealand at the
Commonwealth Games to be held in Dehli,
India, next year.
Shooter stays on target for record
Meanwhile, Otautau Promotions
which runs the event, has
confirmed it plans to host the
show annually from now on.
President Pete Herrick said
this was the fourth time it had
been held and, despite the wet
weather, the turnout had still
been extremely good.
As well as being a fun and
interesting day out, it was also
a profitable day for the various
Otautau sports and community
groups which each got the chance
to operate stalls as a fundraiser.
Triden Roff, of
Otautau, with his
1972 Datsun 1600
that was judged
people’s choice at
the Otautau All Ford
and Classic Car
Show last weekend.
THE BLOKE STUFF
The car has a Nissan V6
engine with NOS.
A 300zx Gearbox with a
Subaru limited slip diff.
The rear brakes have been
converted from drums to
Nissan skyline suspension
and brakes with King
springs and air shocks in
17” Chrome mags.
Side mirrors are off a BMW.
Inside it has a PlayStation 2
and touch DVD screen.
“It gets the whole town working
together,” he said.
Car owners were also very
supportive with a Ferrari and the
latest model Holden among the
vehicles on display.
“I’d hate to put a dollar figure on
what was in the park,” he said.
The now confirmed date for the
annual show is the last Sunday
of February. Some people had
already indicated they had
blocked that weekend out in their
diary, he said.
Classic wins people’s vote in first outing
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