Last chance to take home one-of-a-kind vintage rig

Time is running out for truckies who want to be in with a chance of winning a very special 1946 Ford Jailbar, as the black Dual Cab 4×4 is set to be raffled off this weekend.

The truck, nicknamed “Bonnie”, has been lovingly restored and is worth a cool $200,000.

It’s now being raffled off by transport and logistics insurance experts NTI, in aid of Motor Neurone Disease research.

NTI’s chief customer officer, Janelle Greene, said the organisation had raised more than $2 million in six years, with Bonnie the seventh truck to be raffled.

“Bonnie is truly one-of-kind,” Greene said. “She was one of the first vehicles we restored and has gained a large following after appearing at events across the country as NTI’s promo vehicle.

“We’re always asked by fans if we’d be up for selling her, and given she is in such demand, we thought we would put her popularity to good use, to help fundraise for this vital cause.

“We also wanted to say a special thank you to our supporters whose generosity set a new fundraising record last year.”

It took 2,500 hours to turn Bonnie into what it is today – an on and off-road vehicle with the latest technology which pays homage to its vintage heritage.

Bonnie features a custom-made bonnet, tub tray, side steps and rear guards, and a lengthened cab to accommodate two rear doors. The interior is kitted out with a full leather trim, air conditioning and touch screen media.

With a 5.2 litre turbo diesel engine, the team enhanced its off-road capabilities, turning it in to a 4WD with a 6.5 tonne electric winch, LED spotlights, and rear air suspension.

Last year’s raffle rig, a lava orange Chevrolet named Daphne, raised almost $600,000 – and NTI is hoping Bonnie’s ticket sales will generate a similar amount this year.

“The money raised is used to fund NTI’s official research grant, administered through the MND and Me Foundation,” Greene explained.

“Every day in Australia two people die, and another two are diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. It’s time we found treatment options and ultimately a cure.”

NTI’s former CEO, Wayne Patterson, lost his battle with MND in 2018.

The winner of Bonnie will be announced at the NTI Supercars Round in Townsville this Sunday, 7 July 2024.

Tickets are available online here.

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