Steve Johnstone with his 2003 Ford BA XR6 ute - organising a car display at Bunnings to raise money for Lifeline.
Steve Johnstone with his 2003 Ford BA XR6 ute - organising a car display at Bunnings to raise money for Lifeline. Adam Hourigan

Steve throws a car party to aid Lifeline

IT'S the message on the tailgate of Steve Johnstone's lovingly restored 2003 BA XR6 turbo ute that tells the story of the car show he is organising for the Bunnings South Grafton car park on Saturday.

The tailgate bears a mural commemorating the life of Steve and Lisa Johnstone's son, Johnno Johnstone, who tragically killed himself in August 2014 aged 21.

While Steve and Lisa are huge motoring enthusiasts, gathering a collection of high-quality restored vehicles in the one spot is only their secondary aim on March 12.

"We've organised this display with the help of Lifeline," Steve said.

"They're going to have three members there handing out brochures and advising people who think they need help.

"We want to draw people to the show who might benefit from contact with Lifeline."

Steve said there will be more than 30 prize draws for raffles to raise money for Lifeline.

"The response to it from local businesses has been outstanding," Steve said.

Car lovers also won't be disappointed when they turn up at Bunnings on Saturday morning.

"There's going to be a mixture of modern, vintage, extreme and wild cars on display," Steve said.

His ute, which he estimates to have cost him $25,000 to restore, has plenty of surprises under the hood.

And there might be plenty of extras to look at if the comments from some of Steve's mates are accurate.

"I have a mate who's be bringing his blown Capri," he said. "We only have space for about 16 or 17 cars and bikes, but Bunnings has a pretty big car park."

Steve said the display will begin around 9am.

"We will draw the raffles around 11.30am, then we'll cruise over the bridge, then out to the Lawrence Tavern for lunch," he said.



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