Father’s 1936 Ford hotrod ‘my ultimate car’

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"The beast" . . . Keri Wilson with his 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

Keri Wilson, of Green Island, talks to motoring reporter Shawn McAvinue about the journey he is on to owning a 1936 Ford hotrod.

Q: Tell me about your journey so far?

I’ve got my eye on my old man’s car, a 1936 Ford he’s selling – it’s my ultimate car. It’s in bits at the moment, getting a new 327 cubic inch V8 motor put in, and I have to sell my two cars to afford it. I’ve sold my 1984 Mitsubishi Sigma bought in 2016 selling my Chevrolet Camaro Z28, which I love just as much.

Q: What can you tell me about your Camaro?

It’s a beast. I bought it in February last year. It’s got a 305 cubic inch V8. It’s good fun to cruise around in. It has a removable roof, which is great in summer. I thought I’d hang on to it for years – it’s be my cruiser – but nah, things have changed.

Q: Why did you buy the Camaro?

My old man, Mike Wilson, has been in the hotrod scene since he was a teenager so I’ve been brought up with them and I wanted to join him in the American scene. I joined the club he is a member of –  Rod and Custom Club – so I got the Camaro to get in the scene. It was a great start and it’s been great but it’s time to move on to something bigger and better. Dad’s owned the hotrod since I was 2 years old, so it’s part of the family and I didn’t want to let the opportunity pass to own the nice old girl.

Q: What are the flaps on the bonnet of the Camaro for?

It’s the ram-air intake – you can open them to get more air in. More air equals more power.

Q: How thirsty is your Camaro?

It’s pretty economical for a V8. It’s the first of the fuel-injected motors.

Q: Your Camaro certainly looks the part.

It does – it definitely turns heads.

Since talking to The Star Mr Wilson has sold his Camaro and bought the 1936 Ford, and is continuing to work to get it on the road.