Russell's midlife crisis clicks into gear

A SIMPLE click of a mouse and Russell Barnes had scored himself his dream car from an online auction website.

His beloved 1976 Holden HX ute is one of an expected 150 cars to take part in Saturday’s Southern Cross Street Cruisers annual car and bike show.

Mr Barnes has long been a Holden fan and over the years has owned an HX, HZ and HQ, and this latest car just adds to his passion.

“I was just bored and looking on eBay,” he said of how he first came across the car.

While looking at a mower he was thinking about purchasing in Melbourne he also started looking at Holdens for sale.

As he eyed off the HX ute as his potential new car, he said it was his son Cade that actually clicked the ‘Buy it Now’ button on eBay.

Deal done and a ute later, Mr Barnes said his  wife Dee was not as happy with the purchase as he was.

“She wasn’t impressed, she calls it my midlife crisis and she’s right,” he said.

“It’s too good to use as a work ute, you’ve got to have a toy.”

“Toys” like the HX ute will be among more than 150 cars and bikes expected at this Saturday’s show.

Southern Cross Street Cruisers Car Club president George Georgiou said the family-oriented show was open to all to take part or come and watch.

All funds raised from the show will go to the construction of Orange’s Ronald McDonald House.

“Two club members in the past year have dealt with Ronald McDonald House and they praise how the house helped them when they were in Sydney for treatment,” Mr Georgiou said.

The ninth annual car and bike show is on at Orange Showground on Saturday with gates open from 6am to 9am for entrants and from 9am for the public. The cost for entrants is $15 per vehicle and $2 to come and have a look.

The show will be cancelled in wet weather.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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