It’s a bug’s life
WHEN 16-year-old Grace Gilbert floods her vintage VW Beetle at school, her friends think her car is broken.
After she assures them it’s just the way old cars work, many walk away scratching their heads, used to today’s modern vehicles which start first time and are ready to accelerate away.
“My friends are used to just getting in and starting up and not having to worry about anything, whereas I have to worry about whether it’s cold or hot or whether I need to choke it or put water or oil in it,” Grace said.
When I saw Grace’s beetle, sporting L-plates and trundling into Cars and Coffee at Victoria Park on Sunday morning, I thought ‘that’s not something you see every day’.
“I’ve had it for four years, two years was spent in the garage waiting for Dad to make some room, and then the next two years was spent doing it up; just whenever we had some spare time, spending weekends travelling, hunting for car parts, but now it’s all coming together pretty good,” Grace said.
“I don’t get to talk about my car much with my friends because they wouldn’t know what I’m talking about when I mention anything to do with my car – they’re just about the looks part of it. They don’t understand how much work I’ve done underneath the hood.
“All my male mates are always coming up to check out my car, asking what I’ve done to it – they’re more interested than all my girlfriends.
“I’ve been called the coolest L-plater in Dubbo, which is amazing, it puts a smile on my face for sure,” she said.
Cars and Coffee was held under magnificent sunshine on Sunday,
Grace Gilbert with her vintage VW Beetle.