Friends re­united af­ter 17 years

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Ge­off Charles sur­prised his un­cle by un­veil­ing his own Vaux­hall Carl­ton GSi 3000 24v. As the owner of the car, Bob thought that af­ter 17 years of be­ing off the road that it would have been a write-off. How­ever, Ge­off has had the Carl­ton metic­u­lously re­stored over the past two years.

Bob moved to North­ern Ire­land in 2000 and the Vaux­hall Carl­ton stayed in the UK. It started first time af­ter 15 years stand­ing, but the arches have been welded, the body­work re­buffed, and the en­gine re­built.

It was then shipped to a North­ern Ire­land dealer who was in on the act.

Charles says: ‘In 2008 my un­cle re­tired due to a de­gen­er­a­tive dis­or­der of the spine that leaves him in con­stant pain. He is al­ways cheer­ful, pos­i­tive, and up­beat and al­though he finds gen­eral mo­bil­ity dif­fi­cult, his pas­sion for cars and driv­ing re­mains.

‘He has done so much for me over the years, help­ing me with the fam­ily busi­ness, and be­ing a fa­ther fig­ure and men­tor to me. I wanted to re­pay him.’ Mur­ray Scul­lion

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