Ron and Roxie Gooda with their South African built car at the Monaro Nationals.
Ron and Roxie Gooda with their South African built car at the Monaro Nationals.

Chevrolet bucks the trend

IT might be the Monaro Nationals in Warwick this weekend, but there will be one Chevrolet among the 240 vehicles.

Ron and Roxie Gooda, of Beachmere, have a Chevrolet which was built in South Africa and later imported to Gympie.

It cost them $25,000, another $40,000 to do up and is now worth $80,000. But it isn’t for sale.

Mr Gooda has no problem getting parts; he just orders them from the same distributors as each of the participants in the nationals.

“I understand Holden Monaros were sent to South Africa to be assembled in the late 1960s, the front of the cars came from America,” he said.

“They sold better in South Africa as a Chevrolet than a Monaro. My only problem with parts will be if I damage the front with its unique double headlights and split bumper bar.”

The car has only done 70,000 kilometres but the engine has been done up, largely because it sat around for 15 years.

Being part of the Monaro Club of Queensland is a family thing for the Goodas.

“We like going on the monthly runs. We went to the Bundaberg Car Show this year, leaving Brisbane on the Friday and returning on the Sunday.”

All 240 cars registered for the Monaro Nationals will be at the Warwick Showgrounds today for a Show and Shine from 9am to 3.30pm and the public are welcome to view the cars.

Tomorrow is drag racing day and Monday is a drive to Killarney and back before the farewell barbecue lunch in Leslie Park.


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