Aussie icon shining in the sun

ALONG with the shining examples of the community at Bega's Australia Day celebrations, was a shining example of Australian motoring history.

Steven Watt from the Bega Heritage Motor Club had his 1955 FJ Holden gleaming in the Sunday sun as part of the club's classic vehicle display.

The FJ was Mr Watt's grandfather's and the keys were passed on not long before he died.

Mr Watt said his grandfather was a carpenter and bought the iconic ute as a work vehicle, but also to tow a caravan for family holidays.

“He always said it was one of the first ones to be sold on Parramatta Rd,” Mr Watt said.

Nowadays the FJ comes out for the motor club's monthly meetings, rural shows and charity events.

It is in fully original condition - aside from a new coat paint in 2006 – including still being a 6V system.

Mr Watt also has the original canopy, but he is “doing a bit of work” to get the wood and aluminium frame back in order.

“It still goes well, better than my Subaru,” Mr Watt said.

“And it's a lot more fun.”

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