Riverine Herald


By Vivienne Duck

A PIECE of Australian motoring history has been stolen from Castlemaine and been reported being driven through Rochester and headed for Echuca.
The mint condition, all original, blue and white 1963 EJ Holden special was stolen from the side of the Calder Hwy near Gisborne, about 4am on Boxing Day.
It was parked there after its headlights stopped working, with the owner planning to retrieve it the next morning.
Devastated owner Alexander Perry bought the car, which was not insured, two years.
He said it has been tracked going north by Facebook users, who have been updating Mr Perry and police on its progress.
“The most recent report we have is Rochester, where it was spotted by several members of the Facebook community,” Alexander said.
“A Facebook user reported it being winched onto a white truck by two middle aged men; and one of them was driving a 4WD,” he said.
“I have only had the car two years and it was my everyday drive.
“I just loved it as an iconic part of our motoring history, I mean just about everyone had one back in the 1960s.
“I got a lot of pleasure out of knowing it was still on the road doing what it was designed for.”
Alexander bought the car in Melbourne but it was originally from Shepparton.
He said his car featured a blue body with white roof, rear window white venetians, no side mirrors and was a column shift.
Its registration – LPR 528 – has been on the car since 1971.
“I am asking anyone who sees a car looking like this, even if it has different plates – which might have been changed – or knows anything about the theft to contact Kyneton police on (03) 5421 2900,” Alexander added.
“Or you can call me on 0423 104 888 if you have any sightings or small bits of information,” he said.
“I am offering a reward to anyone who can provide vital information to the police.
“If you have a moment, please tag and share amongst your friends or in any relevant Facebook community groups.”