Since joining the Parkes based Central West Car Club two years ago, Jo Hemming from Forbes has been a familiar face at club events, car runs and car shows in the Central West.
Jo may also be familiar to readers in her other role as a Regional Development Officer for Shannons Motor Vehicle Insurance in the local area.
Despite my initial yearnings for an early Monaro, with the modern one I love the satisfaction of having a nice car.
"I've always had an interest in cars and I guess the passion comes from my mum and dad who both raced speedway in their younger days" Jo said. "Dad had some pretty hot street cars too."
Like lots of people, Jo is a big fan of the Holden Monaro but with early models commanding big dollars nowadays they were out of the price range.
"In 2007 I bought this 2004 Series 3 V2 Holden Monaro CV8-R" said Jo.
This third generation of the Monaro followed a more than 20 year absence of the Monaro from the Holden range and ran from 2001 - 2006 with the Series 3 model hitting the markets in 2004.
Jo's car is a limited edition CV8-R of which only 320 were produced. The engine is a 5.7 litre fuel injected V8 and it sports a six speed manual transmission and 18 inch alloy wheels.
The CV8-R was exclusively available in Pulse Red with an electric sunroof as standard and minor cosmetic changes in the trim and badges to set it apart from the base CV8.
"Despite my initial yearnings for an early Monaro, with the modern one I love the satisfaction of having a nice car and a reliable one at that" Jo said.
"I'm lucky that in my work with Shannons I get the opportunity to talk to people from all walks of life with the same amount of passion for a wide variety of cars.
The Central West Car Club has a similar feel with almost 300 members and a diverse range of vehicles."
For more about the CWCC you can check out their website at www.centralwestcarclub.com or search for their Facebook page.
The club has members from Parkes and Forbes primarily and throughout the Central West including Dubbo and Orange and always welcomes guests and new members at their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 at Parkes Leagues Club.
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