Noel and Nancy Gill, of Alstonville, with their dog Beth, proudly show off their restored 1927 Buick tourer.
Noel and Nancy Gill, of Alstonville, with their dog Beth, proudly show off their restored 1927 Buick tourer. Jacklyn Wagner

Classic restoration job

A LITTLE over a year ago, Noel Gill's 1927 Buick was a half-buried and forgotten wreck.

But with more than a little elbow grease, Mr Gill has got the classic touring car ready for the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club's 50th anniversary rally on Sunday.

Mr Gill, of Alstonville, said he finished the car about two weeks ago after 13 months of 40-hour weeks.

About 30 of the 130 entrants in the six-day hub rally are expected to be from locals.

Mr Gill, a former fitter and turner, said he had always had a passion for vintage cars, but never had time to indulge it while he was still working. “But since I retired seven years ago, I've had the time,” he said.

Mr Gill said he found the Buick at ‘a mate of a mate's place' and swapped it for a 1949 Bedford truck he had also restored.

“I was a bit apprehensive the first time I took her out. I was just hoping nothing would go wrong,” he said.

“But I've got about 130 miles up now, so I think I've got all the bugs out.”

The Buick is the third car Mr Gill has restored after the Bedford truck and an old Landrover.

Fans of old cars will have a chance to check out Mr Gill's Buick, along with others during a free four-hour display from 10am on Wednesday at the John Crowther Car Park in the Lismore city centre.



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