Transport and logistics insurance specialist NTI has announced its latest restoration – an electric blue 1946 Jailbar – which will be raffled off to a lucky ticket holder.
The truck, dubbed Jolene, will be making its first public appearance at the 2021 Repco Supercars Mt Panorama 500. Tickets are now available via NTI’s website.
Don Geer, restoration and special projects lead at NTI, said the truck’s restoration took 1,500 hours and was more difficult than their previous projects because of the COVID-19 restrictions.
“But I’m very proud of the result, which is a lovely mix of old and new technology allowing for ‘Jolene’ to be driven every day,” he said.
Proceeds of the raffle will go directly to NTI’s Motor Neurone Disease (MND) medical research, which was established in honour of former chief executive officer Wayne Patterson who lost his battle with the condition in 2015.
Tony Clark, current NTI CEO, said the company has raised almost $534,000 for MND research in the last five years.
“It’s vital we find a cure for MND as every day in Australia two people die from the debilitating condition,” he said. “Two people a day are also diagnosed with the disease, while more than 2,100 Australians live with MND, which can affect adults of any age.”
“The commitment NTI has shown to funding MND research is unique in Australia and means researchers can continue their work to find a cure or effective treatment for MND,” Clark added. “But none of this would be made possible without our industry partners who jump on board each and every time with the same level of commitment and enthusiasm. It’s a team effort.”