BEST known as ‘Leon from Leongatha’ for his exploits on a bicycle, especially as associated with the annual Leongatha Cycling Carnival and Great Victorian Bike Ride, Leon Watchorn admits to at least one other vice – old cars.
Although he won’t hear too much of the ‘old’ spoken around his pride and joy, a light blue 1956 FJ Holden, a relatively rare ute model, still beautifully original in almost every way.
“I’ve had it for about 20 years now. I got it from a local bloke Graham Runciman and it’s a really nice car,” said Leon.
“I’ve just been down to Inverloch for a drive to the Men’s Shed and it didn’t miss a beat, no worries.”
And just like all cars from this era, they’re a breeze to work on whenever anything’s required although that’s not often.
Leon also has a 1935 Ford which he likes to take for a run from time to time.
But it’s the iconic Aussie FJ that’s his favourite.
“It’s done about 150,000 miles I’d say and it’s still in really good nick.”
Beautifully original FJ Leon’s Aussie dream car