HOT ROD IS NOT GATH­ER­ING DUST

“If I go down to Wool­lies to get milk and bread, I’m in the thing, I bought it to drive it... any op­por­tu­nity to get to jump in.”

Gatton Star - - LIFE MOTORING -

FOR those who spend count­less hours work­ing away on their cars, it might only be once in a blue moon that they take it out on the road, for fear of any­thing hap­pen­ing to their pride and joy.

For Mick Wurzer and his 1923 Ford T-bucket, that isn’t much of an is­sue.

Even if it’s just for a quick trip down to the shops for milk and bread, he has no hes­i­ta­tion jump­ing in his hot rod and hit­ting the road.

“I didn’t buy it to leave it in the shed,” Mr Wurzer said.

“It does get a fair few stone chips on the front of it but that’s to be ex­pected.”

The Lock­rose lo­cal bought the car at the end of 2016 and al­though he hasn’t owned it for long, he has quickly formed a deep at­tach­ment.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to buy one, I just jumped on the in­ter­net and there was one for sale at Mt Tam­borine, done a bit of work to it… jazzed it up a lit­tle bit more,” he said.

“I’ve been into bikes, bug­gies, trikes and boats and I al­ways wanted a bucket.

“When I did some home­work about it, the car ac­tu­ally orig­i­nated in Re­gency Downs... and the chap that I bought it off is Corey Parker’s un­cle, bit of a small world isn’t it?”

Mr Wurzer said, with a 327 Chevy en­gine pow­er­ing it, the car was an ab­so­lute joy to get be­hind the wheel.

“If I go down to Wool­lies to get milk and bread, I’m in the thing, I bought it to drive it,” he laughed.

“It’s very easy to drive, very easy to steer but a bit rough on the sus­pen­sion - you can’t have it all.

“Any op­por­tu­nity I get to jump in, I get in and go.”

The unique de­sign of the car matched with its strik­ing pur­ple ex­te­rior tends to catch the eye.

When­ever he takes it out, Mr Wurzer is guar­an­teed to have at least one per­son ap­proach him to have a chat about the car or, more com­monly, snap a pic­ture on their phone.

“I tend to be a lit­tle bit of a shy per­son at times but then you start talk­ing... I don’t mind it, it’s a bit of learn­ing curve but you do meet a lot of peo­ple,” he said.

The ad­mi­ra­tion for his car doesn’t end at the car park.

He took the Ford to the Lowood Truck Show at the end of Au­gust and won a tro­phy for the best hot rod at the event.

While show­ing it at the Lo­gan Car Show six months ago, Mr Wurzer’s ride was picked out for the best in­di­vid­ual award.

“I was re­ally stoked about that, there was a lot of cars there, a lot of buck­ets too,” he said.

He is set to drive it down to Can­berra for the an­nual car fes­ti­val Sum­mer­nats around Christ­mas time with his 16-year-old son, which will take two days on the road.

“He re­ally likes it,” he said.

“He just got his L’s, he asked me the other day ac­tu­ally (if he could get in and drive it).

“It’s prob­a­bly not the right time for him to drive it just yet but he’ll get there.”

PHO­TOS: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

TURN­ING HEADS: Mick Wurzer stands along­side his 1923 Ford T-bucket, which he reg­u­larly takes out for drives, no mat­ter how big or small.

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