IF a customised US classic is your cup of chai, here’s your chance to (maybe) get one – for as little as $25.

It’s a 1970s Chevrolet Nova that has undergone a lot of special work and is now said to be worth $200,000.

It won the Top Coupe award at this year’s Summernats car festival and placed among the final six for overall grand champion.

The car has become available via a trio of mates from the NSW Central Coast, Ned Restom, Deane Poile and Adam Barnes — all passionate about custom vehicles and raising $1 million for Cancer Council Australia.

Adam Barnes, Ned Restom and Deane Poile and the 1970s Chevy Nova of course.

They founded Customs 4 Cancer after their own brushes with the illness.

Ned Restom recently underwent surgery and intense chemotherapy and Deane Poile’s father died from cancer.

So they decided to do something proactive and invited their friend, custom car expert Adam Barnes to come on board to raise funds by raffling off one of Australia’s best examples.

The Nova, painted in a hard-to-miss shade of special paint, has been fitted with an airbag suspension system, a custom motor and a full re-trim by Rides by Kam. Quite a lot of metal mods too.

“One in two Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, which is a shocking figure,” Restom said.

“We want to play an active role in bringing down this statistic.” 

 Tickets on sale at www.raffle4cancercouncil.com.au  


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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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