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Craig Bootes new Superstock

Four months ago I started a project with a difference. Having been away from motorsport involvement for almost 10 years, (since returning from Australia), I had a meeting with local businessman and 3x new Zealand Superstock champion Craig Boote, to discuss building a bonnet for his new car for the 2011-2012 season.

Since then the project has evolved to include a one-off body, bonnet and carbon fibre induction system to feed the monster Tony Marsh built engine. The brief included building the patterns, moulds, race parts and panels as well as paint, so that we could quickly reproduce replacement parts as and when this high contact motorsport dictated.

Saturday 29th October marked the opening night of the Nelson Speedway season and the 1st outing for “The Boss” having only been completed hours before the meeting and without a single trial.

Craig drove the car to a 4th and 1st place against the current New Zealand #1 Dale Ewers before crashing out in race 3 during and early passing incident.
The future looks bright for “The Boss” and I am looking forward again to supporting a Champion this year.

All the best “Boss Motorsport”.

Digital 3D measuring system.

Today we have confirmed an order for the latest technology in 3D electronic vehicle measuring equipment.
This is a 1st for this level of technology in the Nelson region and in fact in NZ.
While we allready have the Satellite 3D measuring system which we will still use, we also now will be able to use this new measuring system to quickly measure any vehicle without mounting it up on our chassis machine, jacking it up or even stripping it. The cordless hand-held unit sends data back to its computor as we check specified points and it prints out a report/data sheet, which can be supplied to the customer or their insurer as well as for our own records.
This new tool will also allow us to quickly and simply assess a vehicles damage right away and in turn allow us to quote completely and accurately for repair costs before starting the job.
We are really looking forward to this new equipment, (along with our new paint system), for the New Year and the huge advance in Collision Repair Technology at our finger tips.

VK SS Group A / Group C, Build

This Build is now fully fabricated and in primer. The engine bay and entire underside is finished and Painted.

All modifications to the body, panels, Group C Race components, engine and suspension are completed. The list of one off and modified parts, (in order for this vehicle to appear as close to how factory would be), is long and painstaking in execution.

I did not want this vehicle to look like a Hotrod or just another replica with a fibre glass body kit, so many hours have gone into each individual part modified or made, to ensure it is well designed, finished and fitted and compliments the overall look and performance of the build.

Adjustability was also a primary objective in order that the chassis and suspension can be “tuned” and the vehicle made to drive as well as a modern Holden or better.

Paint will start on 24th August, through to mid September so I am looking forward to the final stages of the build and loading up some pictures of the completed vehicle in a couple of months.

VK Big Banger Pics

Some old pics of the adjustable watts linkage and adjustable rear spring platforms for the rear suspension.

The Big Banger has been shelved short term in order to get the Walkinshaw and the SS Group C vehicles finished for summer.

VH SS Commodore.

The newest project in is a VH SS Commodore. This car came in late last year for a fresh coat of paint in the engine bay while the engine is out and being freshened up.

The owner again is an old friend and an extremely passionate Holden fan.  Its now been decided that the VH will get completely stripped back to bare metal, some minor rust repaired and resprayed to factory spec colour, inside and out.

Pictures of the car will be added shortly and this one has a special interest for me, so most of the work will be attended to as I can schedule the time myself.

Starsky and Hutch finished

The Gran Torino was finished last week and is undergoing final panel fitment and aligning before being delivered back to the owners for final assembly.

The white stripe and black pinstripe border are all painted on and cleared over along with the final coats of red colour and it looks terrific.

Thanks to Shane for his efforts and commitment on this project. We took this job on only a month before Xmas with still quite a bit of body work needed. Given that we closed for 3x full weeks over the Holiday season, this vehicle has progressed quickly and it is great to have such a great group of genuinely talented guys to help undertake these types of projects.

Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino

Recently we met a great couple as clients for some insurance work and as seems to happen with us, they have become good friends and supporters of our company.

Goeff and Sam came to us in November with their Ford Gran Torino, which had spent a couple of years since they first bought it, getting rust repairs and body work done at another company locally.

They were pretty specific about their requirements, finish the body work and final detailing and paint it red and white to the TV show, “Starsky and Hutch”, car colour scheme and they came armed with pictures and measurements, colour swatches and paint codes.

Again we have been fortunate enough right about the same week to engage another quality spray painter with an impressive resume of restoration work locally. The Big Gran Torino was taken on at the start of December as was Shane and he was comitted to the job full time. I have done final body repairs around the car and it was sprayed with 3 coats of Polyester Spray Filler, hand blocked, 2 pak primed, re-rubbed and finally sprayed with 2x coats of 2k white tinter. This 2k “intercoat” allows us to see any imperfections we may have missed more clearly and ensures a beautiful “clean” and even topcoat.

The paint was baked at 70c and the car is sitting now until new Year and will get final paint and completed by end of January.

Looking forward to seeing the end result of this project so quickly.

VY Commodore on 20 x 10″ DTM’s

Brad’s is constantly delivering high expectations for customers specific vehicle desires.


This VY II Commodore is being fitted with monster 20 x 10″ and 20″x 9″”DTM alloy wheels/tyres and lowered with heavy duty Lovell springs and a body kit.

20 x 10″s don’t fit the body, so rolling and widening the rear wheel arches, rear bumper and rear doors have all been necessary to get the tyres inside throughout the full range of suspension travel.

Not a big job in itself but what a great look and result for the customer.


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Attention to detail is taken throughout the project with the bumper mesh being powder coated to resist stone chipping and all suspension repainted black and brake callipers painted red as is significant to HSV vehicles.

A great looking vehicle update and a happy customer.