by Al Williams
Hadleigh Oudemans his car-restoration talents at the annual Ellerslie Intermarque Concours & Classic Car Show in Auckland.
Mr Oudemans runs a car restoration company at Levels Raceway in Timaru and last month was the first time his talent was on display at the prestigious show.
He plans to return to the event next year.
“There are not many people in this business. We have been lucky with customers and very little overheads.
“We are producing high-quality stuff,” Mr Oudemans said.
“There is no official trade for vehicle restoration so people in the business are working together to write up some units.”
It was the biggest and most reputable car show held in New Zealand, he said.
“The show attracts thousands of people and is also very well known for the amalgamation of some 80 to 90 classic car clubs.”
His company, HBomb Customs and Classics, was one of about 15 restoration companies throughout New Zealand invited.
“The purpose was to have our company and others bring along our best works to the display, and give people an understanding that the industry shines with a small handful of highly skilled firms, all of whom represent the trade in the most professional manner.
“For us, it puts South Canterbury firmly on the map, but it is also to encourage the younger generation into this popular niche market and entice them into the very much active industry.”
HBomb Customs and Classics had two vehicles on display at the show, an E Type Jaguar and a Ford F100 pickup truck.