Meet the restoration rescuers
BILL and Karen Ryan belong to the Maroochy Vehicle Owners Club.
With the number of cars they own that have been restored and in various states of repair, they could almost be a club between themselves.
But they're far too social for that. Today, Bill reminisces about his motoring days for this week's My Ride.
1 Are you a vintage/veteran or latest model lover?
All of the above. We own vehicles from 1929 to 1976: a 1929 Lincoln 5 Passenger Coupe - restored; a 1929 Chrysler 65 Roadster - unrestored; a 1929 Chrysler 65 Coupe - under restoration; a 1930 Austin 7 Chummy - almost finished; a 1954 BSA motorbike - almost finished; a 1973 HQ Monaro - one owner, original and driving; a 1976 VK Charger - under restoration; and a multitude of vintage stationery engines.
2 What was your first car or motorbike?
A 1962 Morris Major Elite.
3 How much did it cost?
It was $320 in 1972.
4 What is your fondest memory of a car or drive you took in it?
Taking my girlfriend (now wife) out to the drive-in pictures.
5 What is your special current vehicle?
A 1929 Lincoln 5 Passenger Coupe.
6 What do you love about it?
It is a very large luxury vintage car.
7 How long have you had the car and where was it sourced?
We have had it for five years. We imported it from the US for our daughter's wedding.
8 Are there any modifications?
The car is a refurbished original car. It has been reupholstered and repainted but mechanically it is original, having travelled just 31,000 miles (about 50,000km) in 90 years.
9 What makes your car so special?
Our research has shown that Lincolns are rarer than Packards and Cadillacs. The 5 Passenger Coupe body style had a total run of only 484 vehicles. Our Lincoln is one of four known to exist in the world in this body style. It is thought that because the body and many mechanical components are aluminium that they were recycled for the war effort. When new, our Lincoln sold in 1929 for $4800. This was 10 times the cost of a new A Model Ford.
10 How often do you drive your car?
The Lincoln is taken on a club event about once a month.
11 Mostly pleasure and personal use or business?
The car is used purely for pleasure. Being registered on concessional registration, it is not for hire.
12 Does it have a name? How have you personalised it: for example, personalised plates, fluffy dice?
It does not have a name. We refer to it as 'The Lincoln'. It wears personalised plates: OUR 029.
13 Do you work on your own car?
We do all the work on it. We should have used that approach to the Valiant Charger we have just had panel-beaten and painted professionally. It was a very expensive lesson to learn.
14 What will your next car/bike be?
We will probably complete the restoration of my wife's Austin 7.
15 If you could buy any vehicle in the world, what would it be?
An Aston Martin DB7.