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Meet a Freshie daughter and dad, and a mustang called Dolores

Freshwater resident Sheona Devin has big plans for her beautifully restored $90,000 1965 Mustang Fastback.

Most of all, Sheona is proud to support the man who inspired the project – her dad, Mike.  

A classic car enthusiast, Mike has battled his own mental health challenges in the face of his wife’s illnesses. This is what spurred Sheona to be a voice for male mental health.

This July, it will be raffled off to raise funds for the male mental health organisation, Top Blokes Foundation.  

And Sheona is proud to make it a local event. She enlisted the help of mechanics at Blue Flame Automotive in North Narrabeen to oversee the restoration and local videographer, Dan Allen, to create some amazing videos showing off the vehicular beauty.

“My family could see that dad was hurting, that he was struggling”, said Sheona. “I wanted to create a project that allowed him to work with expert mechanics and other blokes on something he loves – rebuilding a beautiful classic car – while supporting each other’s mental health at the same time.” 

It achieved the desired outcome and Sheona hopes to extend the life of the project by raffling off the car to raise awareness of Top Blokes and provide men of all ages with more avenues to seek the emotional and wellbeing support they need. 

This beautiful Mustang is up for grabs in a charity raffle with all proceeds going towards men’s mental health.

The A-Code Mustang Fastback has been restored with a 289 Windsor V8 motor, C4 automatic transmission, styled steel wheels, a honey gold exterior, and an ivy gold interior, and “is a fantastic machine,” says head mechanic Dave Swarbrick. 

Raffle tickets are available to purchase individually for $30 or in bundles until Friday, 3 July 2021, with the raffle open to residents aged 18 and over in NSW, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, and Victoria.  


The winner will be announced via a live raffle draw on Saturday, 31 July at Blue Flame Automotive with the prize including 12 months’ comprehensive insurance, 12 months registration, transfer duty, and delivery to an address within the valid Australian states and territories. 

A prize pack from star Supercars Champion motor racing driver Andre Heimgartner is also up for grabs, including a TAG Heuer watch worn by him for the duration of the 2020 Supercars season, valued at $4,000, and race-worn OMP race gloves signed by Heimgartner. There are also eight $200 Bunnings or Autobarn vouchers up for grabs. 

“Buying a raffle ticket not only gives you the chance to win this incredible Mustang, but it helps to give today’s young men and blokes the tools to navigate life’s hurdles, which can help to make real impacts and lasting changes to the future of men’s mental health in Australia,” adds Sheona. 

Tickets can be purchased at www.topblokes.org.au until 30 July 2021.

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