BMV: custom car’s name says it all

Latest model . . . Engineer Jim Bennett, of Pine Hill, and his 2006 Furi BMV. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Jim Bennett (72), of Pine Hill, talks to Shawn McAvinue about his 2006 Furi BMV.

What does BMV stand for?

Bits of Many Vehicles. I took a BMW hood badge and put black felt pen over half of the W.

When did you start making it?

I started drawing it in 1997 and worked on it in my spare time and finished it in 2006. The styling influences are loosely based on a pre-war BMW sports car – the BMW 328.

What are some of the bits you used?

It has front suspension from a Ford Cortina Mark IV, back suspension from a three-litre BMW, Holden Commodore disc brakes on the front, a Toyota Celica gearbox, Harley-Davidson indicators and tail-lights, modified Ford Sierra seats, Land Rover window wipers and a 3.4-litre General Motors V6 engine.

What is the dash made from?

From an oak bedhead a mate gave me.

Who did the panel work?

I did the single-curve panels – like the bonnet and the sides. I convinced my late big brother Cliff to do the double-curve panels – the nose, the tail and the mudguards.

The dashboard of Jim Bennett’s 2006 Furi BMV.

How does it drive?

Quite nice but it’s a road car. To race it you’d need to harden up the suspension. It weighs 930kg and the motor is more than 200hp. Anything with more than 200hp per tonne is pretty quick.

How fast would it go?

Top speed wouldn’t be all that quick because of its shape but it was doing 160kmh at the end of the main straight at Levels Raceway in Timaru. I’d say it would do 0-100kmh in under six seconds.

Is it thirsty?

It uses about 12 litres per 100km.

Why has it got the number plate Furi 14?

It is the 14th car I’ve built. Me and my brother built Furi 1 in 1964 with a Ford Prefect engine and a 1937 Austin 7 chassis. By amalgamating letters from Ford and Austin, we got the name Furi.

First model . . . Jim Bennett, of Dunedin, taking part in racing at Tahunanui Beach in Nelson in his Furi 1 in 1965. PHOTO: SUPPLIED