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Car winner must wait

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July 03, 2017

The Finley winner of an elite custom car will have to sit in the passenger seat for the next few years as his mum takes the wheel.

The Finley winner of an elite custom car will have to sit in the passenger seat for the next few years as his mum takes the wheel.

Seventeen-year-old Shane Jenkins was over the moon when he was told on Friday he had bought the winning ticket in Shepparton Motor Museum’s Pontiac Firebird raffle.

But despite getting his licence as soon as he legally could, the driver’s seat of the classic American muscle car will be out of bounds for a while yet.

The vehicle’s power-to-mass ratio exceeds what he is legally allowed to drive on a probationary licence.

‘‘I’ve sat in it, that’s about all I can do,’’ Shane said.

Museum curator Graeme Balfour said thousands of $10 raffle tickets had been sold during the past few months to car lovers all across Australia.

And some people even tried to increase their chances at driving home with the Pontiac by buying dozens of $10 tickets, but it was Shane’s lucky day.

‘‘I don’t think the car could have gone to a better home,’’ Mr Balfour said.

‘‘He is a museum supporter and a car lover, so we couldn’t be happier.’’

The Firebird, which has been independently valued about $35000, is a massive upgrade from Shane’s current car.

‘‘I’ve got a 1985 MK Nissan Patrol, it was my pop’s,’’ Shane said.

He believes he picked up a love of cars from his parents and, when he is not working as a mechanic, he is a regular visitor to car shows across NSW and Victoria.

‘‘From when I was born I had a spanner in my hand and an accelerator on my foot.

‘‘A lot of blokes my age are more into their cricket and their footy; when I tried to kick a footy it didn’t quite go to plan.’’

When he picked up the car at the weekend, his mother Cheeree Jenkins was given the job of driving the power machine back home to Finley.

‘‘I’m actually looking forward to it,’’ she said before the journey.

—Barclay White

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