“Susie (ex 260Z owner) had a brain haemorrhage on the 25/5/1996 (18 years this year). She was 35 years old. It was as result of a congenital defect – one of the main arteries in her brain had a weakness that was never detected. The bleed was one of the biggest the Neurosurgeon had ever seen. It left her a spastic quadriplegic without speech yet fully cognitive. Simply put Susie is trapped in a body that doesn’t work. If you tell her a funny story she will laugh, tell her a sad story and she will cry. Susie was on a Neurodevelopmental program for approx 6 years and whilst there were many improvements her level of care remains 24hrs a day 7 days a week. Susie sold her 260Z when we bought our house, it was the deposit.
The medical profession recommended she go into a care institution and the children and i get on with our lives. I rejected their offer and bought Susie home to look after her. I asked her 10 questions re our children, our life, family allena cetc. (including her bank account pin number) Susie got them all right and i knew then she was fully cognitive (we used an alphabet board and she blinked out sentences). There was never doubt in my mind that the lights were on and there was someone home.
Susie loved her 260Z and enjoyed driving it immensely (me too!!) I am sure she will be thrilled to revisit 260Z period in her life.
Thank you for anything you can do to enrich her life.” – Steve
I’m not sure how the connection initially began, but Alan received the above message from Steve and organised for some guys from auszcar.com and the Z Car Club of Queensland to take their Z’s along to Susie’s house for a bit of “therapy”. The weather was terrible with light rain and storms threatening all day (you could just about hear the rust multiplying and spreading through the bodies of the old Z’s), but that didn’t stop 8 or so Z’s turning up to try and do something special for Susie. I was exhausted from an all day shoot the previous day and the constant drizzle didn’t help the shooting conditions but I thought it was worth documenting the day with whatever photos I could get.
The printed magazine, much like the newspaper, seems to be a dying breed. Magazines on tablets and PC’s seem to be the way of the future with less production costs and more ‘interactive’ content available on demand such as links to videos, suppliers, and further reading etc. But then along comes a magazine that reminds you of what a quality publication feels like and why the digital will never completely replace the physical.
I had never really been to a kustom kulture type event before so I decided to head along to Greazefest back in early August. The art, styles and fashions of the culture really add an interesting element to what would otherwise be just another car show. All of the cars would have been beautiful restored to their original condition but you get something a little extra at a show like this. Every car seems to have a history, a story, a personality.
263 Photos | 14th July 2013
This year, the RACQ Motorfest was a celebration of 100 years of Aston Martin and 50 years of Lamborghini but of course there were a variety of cars on display, about 750 in total. The day was pretty miserable and I’d hoped the rain would keep the crowds to a minimum but there were so many people I could barely get a clear shot! Here are just a few from the day…