Restoring the past helps fund the future in MND research
THIS lady in red has taken hundreds of hours to restore to pristine hot rod condition, all in aid of a good cause.
It is hard to believe this gleaming 1946 Ford Jailbar, dubbed "Roxanne”, is 73 years old but it did take hours of work to put the shine back on her paintwork.
Australian truck insurer National Transport Insurance (NTI) raffled the truck to raise money for research into Motor Neurone Disease in memory of the company's late CEO who battled MND.
Scientists at The University of Queensland who are using the $55,000 raised by NTI last year to research the disease, were among the first to admire the restored vehicle.
NTI's chief executive officer Tony Clark said that last year NTI restored and raffled a 1946 International Model K5, known as the "Green Diamond”.
"This year's resto is the Jailbar and it is a truck enthusiast's dream,” Mr Clark said.
"We're using an Isuzu Trucks N Series donor vehicle to deliver a smooth, easy drive with modern day inclusions, and a Jailbar exterior that will stop traffic and turn heads for all the right reasons.”
UQ's Associate Professor Trent Woodruff, who is heading up research into MND, said people who bought tickets in this year's 1946 Ford Jailbar raffle would help his team of scientists continue their work to find treatments.
"We've shown that there is an immune protein in the body that acts as a dampener for inflammation in people who have Motor Neurone Disease and the funding has allowed us to find ways in which we can therapeutically target this receptor as a potential treatment option,” Assoc Prof Woodruff said.
CEO of MND and Me Foundation, Paul Olds said: "It is a gamechanger to have NTI wanting to support people with MND. The awareness this truck will create is amazing.”
NTI supports research into MND as a legacy to the company's late CEO, Wayne Patterson, who was diagnosed in 2015 and later lost his battle with MND.
Project partners for the restoration included Royan Truck & Trailer Repairs, Annvid Auto Upholsterers & Marine Trimmers, PPG Paints, Hy-Way Truck Accessories, Battery World, Isuzu Trucks and TEKNO.