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Te Awamutu Courier - 2021-07-22

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Awk Essex hot rod hit at Fieldays

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This year was Nga¯ hinapo¯ uri-based Corohawk’s 34th year at the Fieldays they placed on site their Essex, which a showstopper. “I did talk to a lot of people about the toys in the shed,” said Corohawk director Chris Hawkings. “I built the Hot Rod back in 1977 – picked up a V8, found the Essex cab - 1924, as it is now, got a front end and a diff then lots of ho to build the chassis and paint. “I blew up the engine twice and rebuilt it, this time with the help of the family of many hours in the shed at night. We have lots of fu driving and attending events.” A member of the Te Awamutu Rod and Custom Club, Chris went to the NZHRA Club Champs at Meremere with the Essex - 12.1 seconds at 118mph – “quick for a flying brick The Essex was also featured on Muscle Ca Garage last Saturday from Taranaki’s Americarna. “The history of the Essex, I only found out a few years back, was bought new in Welling by the Campbells and was used as the family car. Then as business grew, the Essex was us for pulling Kauri logs out of the bush to the m said Chris. “I have had this confirmed at Totara North, Kerikeri and am trying to track down a photo. That is why the cab has been shortened from the coupe. “Essexes were the vehicle of choice for logging back in the 30s-40s for the lowdown gearing and power, plus cheap transport as many a car is still over the banks in the back of Taranaki.”

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