Conrodders Rod and Custom Car Club “sheriff” Kerry Stewart talks to Shawn McAvinue about his replica 1923 Chrysler roadster hot rod.
Why does the club need a sheriff?
To fine club members a couple of bucks for any silly shenanigans.
Who was the latest member to be fined?
The club president for being passed by someone driving an old Vauxhall.
Tell me about your hot rod?
It’s a replica 1923 Chrysler roadster. It was built in the 1980s with a big-block Chrysler engine in it. When I bought it in 2006 I was having trouble with the motor, so I put in a big block Chev engine with about 1200 horsepower and two gears – low and go.
How fast does it go?
It’s the fifth-fastest street-legal car in New Zealand. I’ve done a quarter mile (400m) in 8.7sec, reaching speeds of 160mph (257kmh). I’m aiming to do a quarter mile in under 8sec.
What does it feel like at that speed?
It’s an adrenaline rush.
What is the general reaction to the hot rod?
You either like them or you don’t. People think I’m insane for driving a car that weighs 1000kg with a 1200hp engine in it.
Are you showing it at the club’s upcoming show?
Yes and a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE.
Is the show just for owners of American muscle cars?
No, it’s for anyone with anything in their garage which they are proud of.
Conrodders Rod and Custom Car Club show in the car park near the Dunedin Ice Stadium, St Kilda, next Saturday.
Vehicles registration opens from 8.30am for show between 10am and 3pm.