Last Saturday I headed to the inner depths of Melbourne’s suburbia, specifically, the well-established suburb of Coburg. A place of many diversities and subdivisions developed from many decades of social growth creating a cultural community of both residential as well as industrial occupancy.
Nestled in amongst the sprawling industrial precinct of this Northern Melbourne suburb is the newly established but highly experienced automotive work shop, Classic and Custom Garage owned by rockabilly eccentric, Andy (Pudzy) Pritchard.
Specialising in your pre 1980 classics and customs, Andy’s lifestyle choice has allowed him to immerse himself into the strong automotive classic and custom car and bike scene we see here in Australia through his business giving automotive enthusiastic customers the satisfaction they are dealing with a die-hard kustom professional.
I arrived around midday to find the wide street flanked by traditional rods, low laying customs and classic Aussie and American iron. A congregation of black tees and tatts outside an opened roller door in a driveway certainly let me know which shed was Andy’s!
Wandering inside, I find Andy in front of the bbq cooking up a traditional Aussie social lunch for the many friends, visitors and customers who have cruised down to catch up with English born mechanic/ fabricator and all round nice guy. A sign of a popular business is a busy open day and Andy definitely had that going on!
Inside the large shed, many classics and customs could be found showcasing Andy’s talents in their various stages of progress. Everything from a 70s custom Bedford van complete with full flares and spoilers through to a single spinner Ford separated from its chassis which could be seen with its now ground hugging stance on a chassis table. Other muscle cars were receiving power upgrades while Aussie classics could be found receiving much needed restoration work.
It was great to catch up with Andy as well the many other friends who attended the laid back social occasion. The traditional kustom scene is alive and well in Victoria thanks to the dedication of guys like Andy and the many other kustom lifestyle eccentrics who brought along their resplendent rolling creations proving that the traditional rod and classic car/ bike scene will continue to prosper down under.
Keep on cruzin’
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