North Shore Times : January 10th 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 In memory of Ryan Gifted teen: Chuck and Sheila Moore with portraits of Ryan. Sheila says that although Ryan was born in 1993 he identified with the 1970s era of ''peace, love and rock'n'roll''. Music lover: Ryan Moore loved 1970s music. Ryan's T: All the ts crossed. The tie-dyed look Ryan loved and used on T-shirts features on his T-bucket. Moving monument: Ryan's portrait features on both sides of the hot rod. CONTINUED Page 2 Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click Latest Edition to see a clip of the fire-up, plus Ryan and a friend performing a cover of Green Day's Good Riddance. By GEOFF DOBSON A PIN-UP poster car at a hot rod show is a memorial to a 15-year- old Rangitoto College student who took his own life. The 1923 Ford T-bucket was commissioned by Chuck and Sheila Moore from Waitoki to honour their son Ryan. It will be among vehicles dis- played at this year's Woodstock Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival in Kumeu on January 19 and 20. The car carries two airbrushed portraits of Ryan and tie-dyed pat- tern paintwork reflecting the 1970s era he loved. Ryan was a gifted musician and sportsman with entrepreneurial skill from a young age. He was an A-grade student at Rangitoto College, Nor- thcross Intermediate and Coatesville Primary School. He played guitar and piano, sang and wrote songs and loved music by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. The surfer, swimmer, skier and snowboarder won a North Island freestyle secondary school skiing title and also came fifth in a natio- nal motocross event when he was 11. Ryan's entrepreneurial skills came to the fore from the age of 10. He developed an interest in hot rods after going to the annual Kumeu festival and similar car events and tried to persuade Chuck to import two Dodge Rams and sell one to pay for the other. He even got purchase and ship- ping quotes to prove his case. Chuck decided against providing his credit card details but a few years later Ryan imported and sold skateboard decks at good profit, then created tie-dye T-shirts to sell. Ryan suffered from depression so he and his dad planned to work on a car together as a fun project to help keep his spirits up. They bought a T-bucket in Whangarei which needed considerable work. Two months later, in April 2009, Ryan took his life aged 15. He left a note asking the family to finish the car. Hot rod specialist Lance Walsh of Helensville has been preparing the T-bucket for three years and considerable work has been done since it won people's choice, best hot rod and best commercial vehicle at last year's event. The winning car each year becomes the poster car to publicise the next show and goes on display only. T4RYAN is the car's plate and it has never been driven since its rebuild. Lance developed a 38-year inter- estinhotrodsattheageof15 while living in Te Atatu when his father took him to a show.
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