My Valiant

Hey there Valiant readers!

This is the story about how I came to find my beautiful Val…

Yes I had a crack at some poetry! It was fun! Enjoy!


 

Ruby

By Sheila Hart

My names Sheila but my family calls me Sheil’s,

A little old Magna was my first set of wheels.

After that came Foz the Falcon, he had lots of go,

But I wanted a classic I could put in a show.

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I found her in December, 2014 was the year,

In a town called Taradale- it was quite near!

The blokes name was Andre; it’s his wife’s car,

It’s defeinelty worth a look and it wasn’t very far.

My brother Ben and I set off, ready to have a stare

You’ve never seen a more excited pair!

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Sarah greeted us and she opened their big shed,

My heart skipped a beat as endorphins filled my head.

She was better than the pictures, it was love at first sight,

Ben’s a mechanic, so I waited until he shed some light.

“Well, she has a bit of cancer, nothing we can’t cure,

Let’s open the hood and have a little tour”.

“It’s not the original donk, but the motor looks great,

She will be very reliable…it really must be fate!”

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Now Ben was happy she was mechanically sound,

For my first drive, to the highway she’s bound!

The sound of her going, she runs like a gem,

I get a thumbs up as I look back at Ben.

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The bench seats are springy and I feel so alive,

It’s perfect as she will be my daily drive!

Everything goes well and it must be a sign,

So we settle on a price and the Val, she’s mine!

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Now about owning a Valiant I am learning,

and a hole in my pocket it is burning!

I used to spend money on clothes and booze benders,

Now I’m buying floor pans, tyres and fuel senders!

There’s always a part on order to complete the work,

My friends catch me in Repco where I now tend to lurk.

I’m learning new things, there’s always something to do,

There’s a long way to go before she looks like new!

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A few times I’ve made Dad’s blood boil,

Now his driveways covered in stains and oil.

The trips home to Ballarat can be pretty long,

I have a boot full of parts in case something goes wrong.

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It takes twice as long to get anywhere,

Because people want to have a yarn and stare.

“Geez you’ve got yourself a good bit of kit,

Them 225’s, they go like a shower of shit!”

I enjoy listening while they have a good geez,

They tell stories, “I learnt how to drive in one of these!”

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I used to rush around and think I was cool,

But looking back I was really a fool.

When you enjoy what you’re driving there’s no need to go fast,

On the highways I watch as the others go past.

I drive like I have not a care or worry,

with the classics, there’s just no need to hurry.

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Despite the extra time and cost,

without her I would be quite lost.

The Val and I will be together for years to come,

Ruby’s her name and she is second to none.

 

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