View Full Version : Neil Brill (A bucket)

Hot Rod Todd
02-08-2011, 05:13 PM
On cover of Dec74/Jan 75 issue of NZHRM.Steel bodied A bucket with 289 Ford, offy single 4 tunnel ram and Isky 3000 cam.

Was clocked doing 128mph by a cop near Te Kuiti and apparently got off with a warning (try that trick now). Was very successful as a streetkana car t the Scenic City rod runs in New plymouth (or maybe it was NP Rodders who ran them)

Neil settled down & had a kid so set out to turn it into a tourer & chopped up the body a bit and sold it to his boss Brent May at NP Car Painters, but it wasnt reallly him so he sold it to me around 1979.

Took car to palmy (I was a student at Massey from 1980) and via Terry Caske heard that the best bodyman around was Bruce Kimons in Shannon so took the car out to him. He pretty much built a whole new bucket body for it.

Ran out of money (as students do) so shipped it to my brothers in Auckland for free storage. Got it carted back to NP a couple of years later by some guys going to a NSRA run & it arrived without the carbs. They said they never saw them.

Worked on car back in New Plymouth with lots of help from Steve Spelman nearly got it running, but engine had problems and I had no money again. So sold it to the son of a senior policeman who had not long arrived in town. We did some fancy financing for him as money was hard to borrow back then.

He apparently owed some money up in Auckland so when he went back, to raise some cash he robbbed the Avondale PO of about $1800 or so and got arrested soon after.

So we had to find a new owner before the financing bit us hard.

Advertised the bucket again & sold it to Neil Timmins in Te Kuiti. Saw the car again a year or so later (early to mid 80s) and havent seen it since.

Often wonder where it ended up

02-08-2011, 05:16 PM
Got pics?
Great story :)

02-10-2011, 09:04 PM
Photo by Warren Houston at Hamilton Show circa 1974


02-10-2011, 09:15 PM
At New Plymouth Rodders Run on Labour Weekend 1974. Photos by Paul Grace



02-11-2011, 01:42 PM
Seem to recall that the cop didn't believe the speed so Brilly had to run back down the road and do it again to get off with the warning. Now that wouldn't happen now...

Hot Rod Todd
02-11-2011, 03:28 PM
I reckon you might have a chance if you got stopped by Scumdog on a good day..