Van Staveren Paul
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Paul van Staveren
"My hobby keeps me happy.... It's my passion.... It keeps me out of trouble”.
Originally from Felixstowe Paul loves building hot rods, with his specialty being 1928 model A Fords. He'll do everything from engine rebuilding, spray painting, taking it from a bare chassis to a finished car. There is a lot of work and it’s a very lengthy process to fabricate everything.
Paul has always liked cars and loves the lifestyle of the 1950s and the rockabilly style. Think things like the movie American Graffiti. His first hot rod was a 1928 ford roadster which he built himself when he was 21.
"It was a real learning experience... but I'm pretty much self-taught." Paul came to Gawler in the mid-’90s where he worked at Pizza Haven as a delivery boy. Pauls main job takes from Gawler to the river land disconnecting and reconnecting power. He loves it and loves getting out there and doing what he does best with no pressure.
He likes hanging out and going away with mates, loves the cruising lifestyle and the cruise clubs. He loves cruising on weekends and loves to check out all the other cars and hot rods around. He's one to show off his cars and is more than willing to have a chat about his car and give any information about his car that anyone wants to know. His current car is 1928 Ford Tudor running a 302 Windsor V8 with automatic transmission and a heavily modified 3-inch rooftop. His other car is based on a 1928 ford coupe which he is in the process of building. It's halfway finished, so early next year lookout for a yellow beast sporting red flames. "My hobby keeps me happy... It's my passion... It keeps me out of trouble"
First shared on Gawler in Photographs ‘Humans of Gawler’ series 21 October 2020.
Photographs by Daniel James Down. Please click here to visit the Gawler in Photographs Facebook page.
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