IN FOR A TUNE-UP: Cyril Jones put a piano on the back of his VW Beetle to prove he did it in 1958. Photo: Marco Magasic
IN FOR A TUNE-UP: Cyril Jones put a piano on the back of his VW Beetle to prove he did it in 1958. Photo: Marco Magasic

The piano man and his unstoppable Beetle

"THERE are some things you can do in a VW Beetle you can't do in any other car," Ulmarra man Cyril Jones said as he pushed his Beetle to the max through his makeshift obstacle course.

We zigzagged through trees, taking hairpins and riding the banks of his dam.

Mr Jones's Beetle also had a handicap other cars would not have, he tied a piano to the back of it.

What led Mr Jones to tie a piano to his Beetle and drive it around?

All to prove he did it before, in 1958.

A piano repairer and restorer by trade and living at Griffith at the time, Mr Jones got the call to go out to a property at Burcher, near West Wyalong.

Thinking he could repair the piano on the property, Mr Jones chose to make the journey in his Beetle.

"The property was 180 miles (290km) away on a dreadful old road - but they were all rough in those days," he said.

"When I got there I looked at the piano and said it needed a workshop renovation."

It took Mr Jones six hours to get to the property and would take another 12 hours to go back and swap his Beetle for his Dodge Fargo Uteto lug the piano back to base.

"So I wondered if I could put the piano on the Beetle."

He got a block and tackle, put the piano on the veranda, lowered it onto the back of the Beetle and tied it to the bumper bar and through the windows. He crawled through the window and drove off.

"It took me nine hours to get it home. The piano was returned in the ute."

If you still don't believe a Volkswagen Beetle can carry a piano, here is the photographic evidence.

"The things we did back then, you would not think of doing now."



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