Rare Norman Park car collection on show at MotorFest
You know love runs deep when a couple decides to restore not one, two or even three vintage vehicles from the same manufacturer, but five vintage Toyota Corollas.
Meet husband and wife team Lou and Irene Olsen, from Norman Park, who will showcase their rare collection at the 2016 RACQ MotorFest this weekend at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
Irene Olsen said they have restoring cars down to a fine art.
“Lou does all of the heavy mechanical work,” Mrs Olsen said.
“I pass him the tools and do the detailing. That’s my job.”Among their fleet is an incredibly rare vehicle – a 1969 four door Corolla sedan, of which there are only three in Australia.
“I knew it was rare because I tried to get one for a long time before and they’re just not around,” Mr Olsen said.
“This particular car came from New Guinea. It was an old sea captain who had brought the thing over here.
“These cars didn’t come to Australia because they weren’t produced here, they were never imported here.”
Each year, RACQ’s MotorFest marks a moment in motoring history – and this year it was celebrating 50 years of the Toyota Corolla, along with 100 years of BMW.
“We feel very proud,” said Mrs Olsen.
“Very honoured,” added Mr Olsen. “This is our day!”
Entry to RACQ MotorFest is via a gold coin donation with all proceeds going towards RACQ’s network of rescue helicopters.