Driving around in his friend’s red hand-built 1937 Ford, one of only two in Australia, draws a lot of attention says Echuca's Michael Treloar.RUTH CLAYTON November 9, 2012 4:34am
It is not unusual for Echuca’s Michael Treloar to return to his car after an outing to find two or three people standing around, admiring it.
Even a trip to the supermarket is not immune to the attention his car draws.
This is because Michael’s car, which he has borrowed from a close friend, is a red hand-built 1937 Ford, one of only two in Australia.
Its striking features are that it has no doors, only two narrow vinyl seats and a billiard ball gear stick.
Although it has no roof, it is ‘‘surprisingly sheltered,’’ Michael said.
‘‘It attracts a lot of interest because of its uniqueness.
‘‘People want to know about it, what motor it’s got in it.
‘‘You don’t see them everyday, I suppose.’’
The mechanically-minded Michael, a self-acclaimed ‘‘jack of all trades, master of none’’ was entrusted with the car six months ago because it was not in working order.
‘‘I hotted it up a little bit,’’ he said.
When Michael first picked up the car, its indicators were not working, brake lights were permanently on and the engine not working.
‘‘Lots of little things were wrong with the car,’’ he said.
Michael fixed the car’s 1939 Ford Mercury motor and spent ‘‘more time than money’’ restoring it to a driveable state.
He now drives it as much as he can, on weekends and after work.
‘‘I love it,’’ Michael said.
‘‘I keep it clean and running sweet.’’
Although the car can reach speeds of up to 95km/h, Michael keeps a fire extinguisher under the seat, just in case.
‘‘You never know,’’ he said.
Shepparton police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
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Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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