A FASCINATION with muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s saw Wonthaggi’s Brendan Benetti purchase a vintage Ford Mustang in 2000.
He originally had plans to buy his favourite car, a ’67 Camaro, but when a car salesman suggested to take a mustang for a spin, Brendan was quickly hooked and fell in love with the car.
“For a 50 year-old car it’s still a relatively modern car to drive and I keep up with highway traffic no problems at all,” Brendan said.
“It’s easier to maintain this car than my regular late model car because there’s that many reproduction parts made for them, you can actually build the entire car in reproduction.
“That’s the good thing about restoring cars, you can do a little bit at a time.
“Even though I’ve had it all these years, I don’t get sick of looking at it. It’s been trouble free motoring, all I do is put petrol in it.”
Brendan usually attends local car shows including the Wonthaggi Show and Shine, but he won’t be able to make next weekend’s show, as he’ll be at the Inverloch Wooden Dinghy Regatta with his other love – an Indian 101 Superscout bike.
He’s been invited to have his bike on display to commemorate 90 years since Burt Munro raced an Indian along the Inverloch Beach.
Brendan found the frame of the Indian bike over 20 years ago in bushland at South Dudley, and pieced it together over about 15 years, borrowing, building and buying parts to get it up and running.
“It’s been a lot of fun restoring it, and I’ve met a lot of great people while fixing it up,” Brendan said.
Although Brendan’s car won’t be among them, if you like classic cars, don’t miss the Show and Shine on Sunday, January 29 at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.