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.