OUR CARS – TORRENS

GT’S SPOOKY EX­PE­RI­ENCE WITH HEAD­LIGHT SHIELDS FOR HIS VB

Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - WORDS & PHO­TOS GLENN TORRENS

FLYNN’S WRECK­ERS

is an enor­mous wreck­ing yard just out­side Cooma in south­ern NSW. Back in the 1990s, I bought some V W stuff from Wayne, who runs t he place es­tab­lished by his dad in t he 1950s. In t he years since I’ve spent at least half-a-dozen days wan­der­ing around the rows of old cars, many dat­ing back to the 1930s, 40s and 50s, just for f un.

And I’m not the only one ! These days Fly nn’s is an in­ter­na­tiona lly recog­nised des­ti­na­tion for car ent hu­si­asts. You’re a lmost as likely to f ind a Euro­pean or Amer­i­can tourist wan­der­ing around with a cam­era and a smile as you are an Aussie car ent hu­si­ast look ing for parts for a resto.

Any­how, af­ter work­ing hard at Sum­mer­nats in Can­berra with Street

Ma­chine magazine last sum­mer, I gave my­self a day off and drove to Cooma and paid t he $10 entr y fee for a rela x ing af ter­noon of wan­der­ing around the rows of clas­sic Kingswoods, Fal­cons, Valia nts, P76s, Crowns and Dat­tos.

It was while down the back of Fly nn’s – in fact, t he ver y last row – t hat I made an awe­some dis­cover y!

Ca­su­ally pok­ing around, I lif ted t he bon­net of an early Com­modore wagon to be greeted by a head­less si x-cylin­der en­gine wit h an old Aunger head­light cover sit­ting on top. I pickedup the head­light cover and thought how great it would be to find a good-con­di­tion set at a wreck­ers or a garage sa le to put on

“TWO BRAND-NEW, IN-THE-BOX METRIX HEAD­LIGHT SHIELDS IS AN AWE­SOME DISCOVERY!”

my ‘new’ brown 1979 V B Com­modore SL wagon.

The one I was hold­ing was dam­aged, so I tossed it back into t he en­gine bay, closed the bon­net and wan­dered a long the side of the wagon, cup­ping my hand against the back-door win­dow for a look in­side.

What I saw as­ton­ished me! Sit­ting amongst bits of other junk on the back seat of the Com­modore wreck was an old black card­board box with a faded la­bel… Metri x Head­light Shields. Pok­ing out of the box – the packing tape had long ago lost its ad­he­sion – was a dust y pair of head­light cov­ers, ly ing on t he now-per­ished re­mains of the orig­i­nal plas­tic wrap­ping. Both lef t doors of t he wagon were locked so I ran around the other side to claim my prize: Two brand-new, never-used, un­blem­ished, new-old­stock, in-t he-box, Made-In-Aus­tra lia, Metri x head­light shields ! In­cred­i­ble !

Ohay, so f in­d­ing t wo plas­tic head­light cov­ers in an old Com­modore isn’t quite t he same as f in­d­ing a for­got­ten Fer­rari in your grand­par­ents’ garage, but the se­quence of events that day – my find­ing one head­light cover in an en­gine bay and then find­ing a brand-new boxed set in t he ver y same car

– is a lmost too freak y to be­lieve !

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03 01 Find­ing this dam­aged head­light cover in a Com­modore en­gine bay got me think­ing about find­ing a good set for my own 1979 Com­modore… 02 And just sec­onds later I found these new ones in the back seat of the very same car. As­ton­ish­ing! 03 Be­ing...

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