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collector of cars and bikes

An avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, Dr Will Dimento of Bupa Dental in Hobart always has a couple of restoration projects on the go. 

“I blame my granddad for passing down my love of cars and motorbikes. He was a speedway driver and Mum and her sister were carted off to Archerfield Speedway most weekends. He had two cars there and did all the work on them himself. 

“Recently I fulfilled my long-time dream and purchased a brand new 2017 Mustang GT. I’ve always had a love of American muscle cars and grew up watching shows where they would find a car in a barn and then do it up. I’d love to own an older Mustang but the new one was a bit more accessible and much easier to use as a daily driver.

“My fiancée, Lauren, and I also inherited her grandfather’s 1987 Toyota LandCruiser. It’s been around Australia but has sat still for a long time. It’s designed for long-distance travel but also has a fair amount of rust in it.

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“We also own a 1988 Mazda E2000 pop-top camper. It’s got a bed, kitchen and plenty of storage. We’ve driven up to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland, and then down along the east coast through New South Wales, Victoria and across to Tasmania.

“I also own a 1989 BMW 318i E30. Unfortunately, I had to leave it behind in Queensland when I moved to Tasmania. I want to bring it down but that’s a discussion that Lauren and I still need to have. While she’s tolerant of everything, I wouldn’t say she’s 100 per cent supportive of this plan.

“When I graduated from uni, I used my first full-time pay cheque to purchase a 2014 Yamaha 650 Custom motorbike. It has a single seat, not a whole lot of suspension, and is quite low slung.

“I also have a 1972 Yamaha Enduro LT100 that’s in a state of disrepair. It was a barn find that I couldn’t let go. It’s just sitting in my shed at the moment but I want to bring it back to its former glory.

“I love tinkering with cars and bikes. A few of my colleagues own Ferraris and Porches but I’ll take an old banger every time. It’s very satisfying to find a problem then figure out how to fix it. It’s also a really effective way to decompress and relax. I work four days full-time and on those other three days, you’ll find me tinkering in the garage.” 

To see videos of Will and Lauren’s adventures on the road visit: www.youtube.com/channel/UCOFZQaqDZ1o1LdW54T6sb7 


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