Reality show commissioned about iconic car wreckers

Reality show commissioned about iconic car wreckers

A reality television show is set to be made about iconic central plateau vehicle wreckers Horopito Motors.

Goings-on at the business, in the former town of Horopito, near Ohakune, will be chronicled in Smashed Palace, an eight-episode series to be run on Sky’s ‘The Box’ channel.”

Horopito Motors was the setting for Smash Palace, a hugely successful 1981 movie starring Bruno Lawrence. It also made an appearance in the film Goodbye Pork Pie.

The business itself was opened by Bill Cole in the 1940s, opening the garage in a disused sawmill.

Cole’s dismantling philosophy was to leave what was not sold on site – so a vast collection of parts and wrecks remain.

Cole died in 1987. His daughter Barbara Fredricksen and her husband Colin now operate the business.

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