CAR LOVER: Bob Trevan, of Lismore, with the 1944 Ford jeep he bought last Saturday and used in Sunday’s Lismore Anzac Day parade and the 1941 Willys jeep he is restoring.
CAR LOVER: Bob Trevan, of Lismore, with the 1944 Ford jeep he bought last Saturday and used in Sunday’s Lismore Anzac Day parade and the 1941 Willys jeep he is restoring. Jacklyn Wagner

Making old cars new again

WHEN Bob Trevan retired from his caryard five years ago he simply traded his love of new Fords for his love of old Fords.

His only deviation from pure-bred Fords is his passion for WWII vehicles – particularly the American jeep – though he adds that Ford played a key role in its production.

Bob had been restoring a 1941 Willys jeep with the dream of participating in the Anzac Day parade last week.

Distracted by other restoration projects, Bob was about to let his dream go this year when he stumbled across another jeep for sale at Tatham – and what’s more, it was a Ford jeep.

“I managed to close the deal at 4.04pm on Saturday,” he said.

“It had been sitting there un-driven for 10 to 15 years so I worked on it from 4.30am Sunday till 9.20am, drove down to the assembly point and asked ‘do you want a jeep?’.”

“They welcomed me with open arms as they had a 90-year-old veteran (Charles Huggard).

“He was a goer – I hope I’m half as sharp as him when I’m 90.”

Sitting in his workshop surrounded by a ramshackle collection of classic vintage Fords awaiting restoration, the stories flow thick and fast from the man whose family has been selling Fords in Lismore for 100 years.

Not cut from the traditional golf, bowls or croquet retirement cloth, Bob and many of his mates are continuing their rev-head aspirations into retirement.

Apart from the countless projects on the go at any one time, Bob still continues his life-long love affair with rallying having just returned from one in Perth. Last year he rallied in Scandinavia and the year before he drove a 1989 Daimler in the London to Brighton rally.

Unlike many car-widows, Bob’s wife Bev shares his passion, joining him on countless rallies during their marriage.

Their match appears to have been made in heaven despite her father being Lismore’s Holden dealer, W Robinson and Son, when they married.

“She enjoys the rallying and never complains, even in the cars without windscreens,” he said. 



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