Hot rod farewell for Ian Hooper's last trip

By Anna Wallis

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A long-serving member of the Wanganui Road Rodders' Club was accompanied on his last road trip by his club mates.

Ian Hooper died in Wanganui on Saturday, and yesterday his casket was carried to the funeral service at the Wanganui Racecourse on the tray of an American Cabover truck.

Club president Tristan Teki said the unusual hearse was Mr Hooper's wish.

"It's how he wanted to go."

The cortege was joined by a variety of hot rods and classic cars on its way to the service and the Aramoho cemetery afterwards.

Mr Hooper was a life member, joining in the 1970s, and was vice-president for 30 years.

The club's Facebook page noted he had died after a short illness. "He was still an active member and attended the Sopranos picnic at Horseshoe Bend in March," the post said.

"Ian will be sadly missed by the club. His kids grew up with the club, and our condolences go to his family and especially to his kids Vaughan, Jeanine and Damian. RIP, Ian. It has been a privilege to have had you in our club."

Mr Teki said about 40 club members brought vehicles to the service. "It was a good turn-out to send him off."

- Wanganui Chronicle

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