Jeff Gotz spent eight months working tirelessly to restore this 1942 ex-army ambulance, which he hopes will get him to Western Australia for the National Historical Machinery Rally.
Jeff Gotz spent eight months working tirelessly to restore this 1942 ex-army ambulance, which he hopes will get him to Western Australia for the National Historical Machinery Rally. Laura Hunt

Old ambo off to Pinjara

THEY say the journey is more important than the actual destination.

But a group of car-lovers from Biddeston and Helidon travelling to Western Australia in cars more than 50 years old are just hoping to make it back with the cars intact.

Jeff Gotz, Allan Harris and Jake Harris set off today on their 9500km journey to the National Historical Machinery Rally being held in Pinjarra next month.

“After going to the rally two years ago, I thought I'd do up an old car and go in something different,” Mr Gotz said.

So he decided to completely restore a 1942 GMC ex-army field ambulance he purchased for $100 six years ago in Jondaryan.

“It was pretty much just a bare bonnet and wooden tray when I bought it,” Mr Gotz said.

“If it wasn't broken, I didn't fix it.

“I wasn't trying to invent the wheel. I just wanted to keep it as original as possible.”

After many late nights, Mr Gotz finally finished the vehicle, welding the frame and using parts from other trucks on hand to finish it.

And with a top speed of 80kmh, it definitely won't be quick journey across the country.

Allan and Jake Harris will complete the convoy in their restored 1951 Landrover.

Hoping to make it to Lightning Ridge this evening, the convoy will average 400km a day and travel through Bourke and Broken Hill before returning through the desert, stopping at Ayers Rock.


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