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My Wheels: Cameron Shephard
Cameron Shephard with his Holden HSV Senator. Picture: Gerald Moscarda/The West Australian

Cameron Shephard, WA president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA, rates himself as a four on the revhead scale.

My Car

My everyday drive is a Holden HSV Senator. While I'm "green" in as much as I walk around the house turning off the lights and in my everyday job espouse the benefits of sustainable development, I just can't give up my penchant for cars with (very) large engines.

Even my wife drives a V8 (at least it is a diesel)!

My Dream Car

It's a Mercedes 300SL Roadster or Gullwing - these were the "supercar" variants of the 190SL (I have recently completed a ground-up restoration of a 1960 190SL) produced from 1955 to 1963. Unbelievably beautiful, and immensely powerful, they were the undisputed supercars of the 1950s.

They are rare and very expensive, but one day . . .

My First Car

Even before I turned 17, I was privileged/lucky enough to be given a (second-hand) Subaru Sportswagon 4x4.

This car sat in the driveway of my parents' house until I got my licence (I promise!) which I did in my first attempt on my 17th birthday. From that point on, me and that car were inseparable.

My only regret is that I did not catalogue the extensive and varied adventures that car took me on during the next seven years, from the beaches and dunes north of Lancelin to camping adventures on the south coast.

A wonderfully reliable car that would go anywhere I asked it/made it!

My Revhead Rating

I rate myself a four. My father and his brother are, without doubt, old-car tragics, so I really didn't have much choice in the matter.

Between dad and his brother, Alan, they have a stable of Bentleys and Jaguars (lots of them) of varying states of originality and quality, dating from 1929 to 1972.

I chose a German marque rather than a British one to start my journey, probably to their disappointment, but perhaps next time...

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