Garry Cole

Myrtleford Times - - News -

GARRY Cole is a co-founder of Myrtle­ford’s Chopped and Changed Kus­tom Car Club. We’re driv­ing to Myrtle­ford Show­grounds for a pho­to­graph for Satur­day’s Myrtle­ford Ro­tary Club and Chopped and Changed Kus­tom Car Club 2nd An­nual Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet. What are we in? It’s a 1964 XM Ford. So you’ve al­ways had a pas­sion of cars, since you were a nip­per?

Al­ways. My dad taught me cars and how to build cars and I’ve done the same thing with my two boys. Have you got a col­lec­tion? I’ve got a 1931 A Model (Ford) hot rod and I’m just do­ing a 1950 BSA mo­tor­bike at the mo­ment.

How long have you lived in Myrtle­ford?

I’ve been com­ing here for 25 years and moved from Mel­bourne to Myrtle­ford six years ago.

So you just loved com­ing to this neck of the woods? Yes. Why live in Mel­bourne when you could live here, I sup­pose? You’re dead right there. And do you work here? Yes, I work at Carter Holt Har­vey’s Myrtle­ford wood prod­ucts mill. I was very lucky to get a job there and it’s been good for me. It’s good place to work. I was here for about a year as I had my own busi­ness down in Mel­bourne and Doug Mirt, a lovely man, ac­tu­ally he got me down to the mill. I was work­ing part-time there and then the mill of­fered me a full-time job.

What do you love about liv­ing here?

The area it­self is fan­tas­tic – and the peo­ple. I find the peo­ple in Myrtle­ford are re­ally down-to-earth.

And ev­ery­one seems to chip in, don’t they?

Yes, and ev­ery­body’s been re­ally good with us start­ing the Chopped and Change Kus­tom Car Club. The sup­port we’ve had through the town has been re­ally good.

How many par­tic­i­pants are there in the club?

There are 22 or 23. The club’s been run­ning just on two years.

And are you look­ing for­ward to Satur­day?

You bet. It will be a great day – a fam­ily day with ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing kids, and a great line-up of cars and other ve­hi­cles.

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