Rare 'Ambo' goes from movie star to muscle car
GATHERING dust in a Warwick shed for years and years, "Ambo” probably thought it had seen the end of its time in the spotlight.
From trafficking sick patients in Gympie to staring in Australian films, the AP6 Valiant had just about earnt its retirement.
But mopar aficionado Jeremy Schoch had other things in mind for the rare ex-ambulance, when a mate told him about the car that was sitting around in a shed near Morgan Park Raceway.
Mr Shoch was set on the car from the moment he laid eyes on it, but it took a bit of convincing to make previous owner "Pat” let go of the valuable ride.
For two years straight, Caboolture-based Mr Schoch persisted and finally convinced the car's previous owner to sell up.
"I used to call him every six months and ask him if it was for sale,” Mr Schoch said.
As an AP6 collector, there was not question Ambo would get the love and attention it deserved in the hands of Mr Shoch.
The car is one of four AP6 Valiants around the country that were converted into hospital vehicles.
"It's a very rare vehicle, so this is quite a special thing,” Mr Schoch said.
In the 1996, Ambo was honoured with a slick new paint job and appeared in Australian film, Mr Reliable.
It's not quite the star on the track that it is on film, but that didn't stop Mr Schoch from racing Ambo in the Mopar Muscle at Warwick Dragway last weekend.
"She's very, very slow. I could make a sandwich while driving it's that slow,” he said.
And who should be there to see the star?
Coming down to the track to watch Mr Schoch race, previous owner Pat was reunited with the AP6 for the first time in two years.
"He loved to see it actually driving. It was one of his many projects,” Mr Schoch said.
Ambo stood out among the crowd of mopar lovers who turned up to show, race and rev the guts of their beloved Chrysler muscle cars.
"I take her to lots of races, but this is probably my favourite event of the calendar,” Mr Schoch said.
"I just like how everyone gets to camp and get together and do some racing.”