Me and my Ride: The Cameron's 1971 HQ Premier Station Wagon
Make model and year?
It's a 1971 HQ Premier Station Wagon. It was originally built out of the factory with a 202 and a three speed column shift. We now run an L34 Spec 308 with a 5 Speed Supra gearbox, it's all been modified to run the V8 running gear and to handle the off road capability.
What's this car mean to you?
Its means a lot to us, there's a lot of time and a lot of effort that's gone into building the car. At the end of the day, the cause we built the car for and the charity we support, is the Variety Queensland Charity, for our kids of Queensland. That's the main reason and focus behind the building of the car and all the effort that goes into it.
Where have you been in it?
We've been many, many places. Our very first Variety bash was from Suncorp stadium in Brisbane, down to Sydney, which encompassed the outback of New South Wales, through Bathurst and drove across the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the 25th Anniversary Variety Bash in 2014. Last year we did from Cairns to Fraser Island Variety Bash and this year we start at Warwick and finish at Bathurst on the 9 October on race day.
How's it fit into your lifestyle?
It's a big part of our lifestyle, it gets neglected sometimes, it gets a lot of loving and it gets a lot of abuse when it's not doing what we want it to do, but there's always around it. It doesn't run our lifestyle but it certainly is a big part of our lifestyle and what we hope to achieve with it.
What's your favourite memory?
I guess our favourite memory would have to be start line of our very first Variety Bash at Suncorp Stadium where New South Wales Variety Club Bash Cars started on the same day and we did a simultaneous departure from Suncorp Stadium, which was one of the biggest highlights we have had with the car.
Are there any challenges?
The biggest challenges we have had were the mechanical challenges where we had to convert the car from the old 6 cylinder 202 to the V8 running gear. I'm not a mechanic by trade but I have learnt a hell of a lot about the mechanics of a car, with a lot of help from a lot of good people. A couple of our sponsors, Infinitek Motorsports and Curtin Engineering from Mackay really helped us out.
Are you looking for donations or sponsors?
We are always looking for donations, we do have an Everyday Hero webpage that you go and donate, everything over two dollars is tax deductable. Our biggest aim is to gain some corporate sponsorship, particularly this year because the actual bash car is going to get a lot of media exposure at the Bathurst V8 races.
What would be your dream ride?
My dream car is a HZ 1977 GTS 4-door Monaro which I have in the driveway.