It’s a bug’s life

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Weekender -

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.

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