Restored Holden is a labour of brotherly love

On show: Gerrard Drew with his fully restored 1967 Holden HR.
On show: Gerrard Drew with his fully restored 1967 Holden HR.

A 1967 Holden HR holds special meaning for local car enthusiast Gerrard Drew.

His brother Jayson acquired the vehicle in 1992 but owned it for only a short two years before he died in 1994.

"Shows such as this give you a real appreciation for people and the love they have for their vehicles."

Gerrard Drew

Jayson, a mechanic, took the HR back to Kalgoorlie after buying it in Darwin and began restoring it.

Mr Drew, also a mechanic, took over the restoration work soon after his brother's death.

The HR has undergone a complete restoration job, including its shiny new paint job in claret red.

"The interior has been reupholstered with a vinyl interior," Mr Drew said.

The HR now has a six-cylinder red engine.

Mr Drew made the move to Esperance from Kalgoorlie, looking forward to the change of lifestyle and upbringing for his young family.

He has pursued his love of cars through his work on automotive electrical installations.

"The HR isn't my everyday car but I do drive it once or twice a week," he said.

Mr Drew has exhibited his vehicle in shows around Norseman, Kalgoorlie and Esperance and is a member of the local veteran car club.

"It's a real active hobby," he said.

This year will be the first time Mr Drew has taken part in the Outta the Shed Car and Bike Show.

At the last show, in 2012, his father Garry Drew won the People's Choice award with his Holden FJ utility .

"I'm really looking forward to taking part in the show," he said. "I enjoy hearing people's stories about vehicles they've owned before or a long time ago.

"Shows such as this give you a real appreciation for people and the love they have for their vehicles."

Outta The Shed co-ordinator Jodee Marsh said the show was an exhibition of restored and modified cars and motorbikes with their owners, all in the one place for the public to enjoy and appreciate.

A number of exhibitors set up at Post Office Square on the weekend to register their vehicles and encourage the community to attend the event.

"We've been well supported with registrations," Ms Marsh said.

This year's exhibitors will come from as far as Jerramungup, Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie, Kambalda and Esperance for the show.

The Outta the Shed Car and Bike Show is on Sunday from 9.30am at the Greater Sports Ground.

People are encouraged to turn up at the gate and register their vehicles before 8.30am.

A sound-off event will run during the day, with engines revving in a bid for the best sound between 11am and 12pm.

The community will be invited to vote for their favourite car and motorbike in the People's Choice Award, with voting slips handed out on entry. Judging will take place at 2pm on Sunday.

For details and registrations, visit outtatheshed.com.

Will you be attending this year's Outta the Shed Car and Bike Show? Let us know. Send your feedback to lauren.vardy@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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