AS Dillon Scammell proved his passion for cars by recounting how he washes his own three times a day, his uncle, Shane Scammell chimed in with “don’t do that, you’ll ruin the paint”.
Shane and his brother, Damian Scammell, along with their nephew Dillon give a whole new meaning to boys and their toys.
They have spent months and thousands of dollars preparing to enter their cars into this weekend’s Summernats show in Canberra.
This is the first car 17-year-old Dillon has done up for competition.
“I went last year and I realised it was something I really wanted to do,” he said.
Every day for the past nine months he has rebuilt his 1964 EH Holden from the ground up.
“It only had the seats, no wheels or anything,” he said.
Shane spent eight months doing up his VE HSV GTS 2010 model, which has been chosen to cruise through the streets of Canberra from among more than 1500 registered cars entered in the Summernats.
Damian’s restoration of a 1978 HZ One Tonner took him more than a year.
The three cars are together valued at $250,000.
Damian said entering the Summernats had become a tradition for the Border family.
“It’s something we can all enjoy together,” he said.
“It’s definitely hard work but we are pretty proud of what we’ve done.”
Shane said they entered the competition not for the trophies and prizes, but for the atmosphere.
“It’s really great, there are people everywhere and you can barely move,” he said.