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OR MANY PEOPLE on Brisbane’s north side, and particularly in the town of Redcliffe, there is one name synonymous with the automotive business - Jack Beedham. And that is no surprise, for the Beedham family have been involved in the industry, and in the life of the town, for generations – Jack's grandparents owned the Redcliffe Pier Theatre during the war years and his father owned a service station and ran the first Holden taxi in the town. Jack has been running his business, Jack Beedham’s Exhaust and Brake Centre, for 33 years and his interest in cars extends well beyond his work life. According to Jack’s son Bobbie, manager of the family’s business, it has become a way of life. “We are a car family, always have been,” he says. “That’s our life quite honestly.” And that lifetime of passion reveals itself not just in the success of the business but in the cars the family enjoy collecting - cars that, in Jack’s collection, include a ’62 Chevy 2-door SS, a Chrysler Woody Wagon and a Falcon Sprint, and in Bobbie’s collection, a Ford Ranchero, an early Fairlane and an XF Falcon. Amongst the cars Jack owns, a special place is held

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for this remarkable looking 1967 Mustang GT Fastback. It's a car Jack discovered in the USA and is a replacement for a much-loved vehicle he owned nearly four decades ago. “I found the car in Las Vegas while on holiday,” he says. “I had one back in 1976 when the family was young, but I sold it and moved on. I always regretted getting rid of it.” Which explains why, when he stumbled across the exact same model 35 years later, and with his children all grown up, he had to buy it and ship it back home. Though it was in excellent condition, Jack’s pursuit of a personal perfection meant he has made some substantial changes to the car. “The Mustang was a very original car when I bought it. There aren’t that many around and there wasn’t a bit of rust in the car, or any damage. It was just beautiful. “However, I did repaint it to the colour I like instead of the original gold and, though I didn’t touch the motor or transmission or anything else for quite a few years, I then decided to go that step further and upgrade the mechanicals. “The original engine was a 289 with a four-speed top-

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