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Cars made in New Zealand on show

14:45 Sun Oct 13 2013

A Duzgo farm vehicle made on the West Coast and kitset supercars knocked up in backyards attracted crowds at an event which celebrates Kiwi ingenuity this weekend.

The Constructors Car Club's 25th Anniversary Car Show at Porirua, north of Wellington, features more than 100 scratch and custom built vehicles in the largest event of its kind in the country.

"The place is pretty crowded, people are coming and they are staying quite along time," president Phil Bradshaw told NZ Newswire.

"We last had a show seven years ago and this is bigger," he said.

Club member Patrick Harlow, who has published a guide to New Zealand low-volume vehicles, says the cottage industries that produced these cars are continuing to fascinate people.

"Most people did not know all these cars existed. Some people have seen them but they didn't know what they were."

People were suspicious about New Zealand-made cars but their qualities were appreciated, Mr Harlow said.

They vary from a Hulme Supercar to the Duzgo, a farm vehicle produced on the West Coast, and Trekka, a light utility vehicle manufactured in New Zealand from the 1960s.

Mr Harlow drove his Almac Sabre, a sportscar inspired by the legendary MX5, to the show.

"It's from Upper Hutt. It's totally New Zealand-designed," he said.

Another car at the show, the Cheetah, resembles an E-Type Jaguar but is made mostly of Holden parts. It was first shown at the 1988 New Zealand Car Show.

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