With humility typical of people who perform extraordinary car restorations, Paul Dickson described his vehicle on the day he found it as "a bit of a mess".
When he found his 1929 Buick roadster in suburban Bentley more than 30 years ago, it was more than a mess: it was barely recognisable as a car.
"The bloke had pulled it apart and it was scattered all through his backyard," Mr Dickson said.
"A fair bit of it was missing but the back of the roadster body was there and, without that, it would have been a very hard job."
Clearly, it was still far from easy.
"Parts like bumper bars are impossible to get in Australia. So the rear bumper came from California, and the front one came from Vancouver in Canada," he said. "There are the parts that you can't buy at all, that you either make yourself, or you have them made."
It's understandable that during the 27 years it took to restore the Buick, Mr Dickson took some breaks from the work for various reasons.
"A lot of it is determined by how much money you've got - everything you touch is expensive," he said. "But I also worked overseas for about eight years, so of course I didn't do anything on it then."
He also had the support of friends, family and car clubs to help him finish the restoration.
"There were times when I was just going to give up but friends keep pushing you," he said.
Mr Dickson said his Buick was one of 187 built in the late 1920s for export from the US and was one of three in Australia. He said there also was one in New Zealand.
Separately, at about the same time, Buick also exported to Australia about 200 chassis with running gear similar to Mr Dickson's car. However, these chassis were given their roadster bodywork locally by Holden (when it was a car body maker only), and had a more compact body design.
His Buick will be on display tomorrow at the Como Rotary Car Show, which follows the success of the inaugural fundraising event last year.
One of the show's organisers, Bill Kirkham, said he was expecting more than 160 cars to go on display tomorrow on Wesley College's Ward Oval in South Perth.
"It's going to be well up on last year, and entries are coming thick and fast now," he said.
"The really wonderful thing about this is the assistance we're getting from Wesley College. It has been so supportive."
Among the other classics expected at the event are a 1926 Bentley, a speedway midget racer from the 1970s, and the first Jaguar E-Type to be sold in WA, which is now modified as a high-speed record breaker.
Admission to the show is $10 per person or $8 for concession card holders.
Como Rotary Car Show
Ward Oval, Wesley College.
Phone 9386 6597 or email
French Car Festival.
Supreme Court Gardens.
Phone 0439 935 369 or
see frenchandfantastic.com.au.October 13
All Austin Day. Stirling Square, Guildford. Phone 9390 5310.
Holden Car Club Show ’n’ Shine Stirling Square, Guildford.
10am-3pm.Vauxhall Bedford Display Day. Riverside Gardens, Bayswater.
10am-3pm. Phone 0408 907 433.October 20
Toyotas in the Park
10am-3pm. Langley Park, Perth.
Phone 0403 733 054 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org.Datsun 240Z & 260Z Register Z Day.
Corner Abernethy Road & Keene Street, Belmont.
Phone 0417 182 230.Veteran Car Club Spring Autojumble.
Canning Show Grounds Cnr Albany Hwy & Station St
Cannington. Phone 0419 276 411.October 26
Boyup Brook Cars & Trucks Show.
Phone 0429 388 610 or email
British Auto Classic.
10am – 3.30pm.
See eventassist.org.auNovember 3
Rotary All Italian Car Day
Mulberry on Swan. 50 years
Alfa 105 Series.
Phone 0412 108 011.
Veteran Car Club
London to Brighton Run.
Departing London Court 9.30am.
Phone 0407 445 194.November 10
Brockwell Port to Whiteman Run.
Display in Wilson Park, Fremantle.
8.30am – 10.30am.
Phone 0417 189 475November 17
Celebration of the Motorcar.
Cottesloe Civic Centre.
100 Years of Aston Martin.