Retirement fund drives car hobby
HIS whole life he has been a car fanatic and now he would rather spend his superannuation on luxury cars and enjoy retirement.
Terry Sherwin’s pride and joy, a 1996 Nissan Hammer, was a big attraction at Ryanie for Tyres Show and Shine day on Saturday as children gathered round and dreamed of being behind the wheel.
“Kids mostly having a look, it has got that wow factor and then the older people stop and look at our Rolls-Royce,” Mr Sherwin said.
Five years ago after a terrible accident the Mount Tabor resident needed to find something to keep motivated and was always a big fan of Hummers.
It was then he started to build from a kit and a 1996 Nissan Patrol his dream car, which got him back on his feet again and inspired for life.
“It took two years to build.
“I needed something to do after I couldn’t work; it was a good garage project,” Mr Sherwin said.
He said it was the type of vehicle that was sent to Iraq and regularly appeared on the news.
However, the only rough grounds his Hummer sees is the rocky grounds at Mount Tabor.
His wife Robyne was his assistant mechanic over the building period and she joked it was good to learn what the difference between a hammer and a wrench was.
“There is nothing worse that being under a car and you ask for something and they get you something different,” Mr Sherwin joked.
Mr Sherwin added on his next dream car a few months ago, a 1970 Rolls-Royce, and it was both cars’ first appearance at a show and shine.
“The cars are better than having super, you loose your super. At least when you look in the garage tomorrow they are still both going to be there,” he said.
“You only have one life, why not enjoy it.”
Mrs Sherwin said she had her first driving experience on Saturday and it felt like she was “king of the road”.
“It is the power and it is just something different that no one else has got really,” Mrs Sherwin said.
They both enjoyed the other great roll up of cars on display and joked it was like watching their history of cars.
“I have had nearly every type of car, we were watching them go past and we kept saying we had that and that one,” Mr Sherwin laughed.