Classic Ford Jailbar to be raffled for charity

National Transport Insurance sure do love themselves a ‘46 ‘jailbar’ as the company has shown with its latest custom truck to be raffled off to benefit Motor Neurone Disease (MND) being another iconic Ford truck, the third such model to be resto-modded by the company and offered as a raffle prize.

Classic Ford Jailbar to be raffled for charity
Classic 1946 Ford 'Jailbar' truck to be raffled by NTI for charity

NTI has announced tickets are now on sale for the electric blue 1946 'jailbar' truck, known as ‘Jolene’, with one lucky punter able claim the truck when the winner is drawn live on the last day of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, Sunday 16 May 2021.

The truck dubbed ‘Jolene’ took 1,500 hours to restore and was more difficult than the previous three vehicles because of the restrictions imposed under COVID-19, says NTI’s Don Geer.

"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," Geer says.

'Jolene' the '46 jailbar is the latest NTI raffle giveaway

Money raised from the raffle will be donated to MND and Me and MND Research Australia to fund NTI’s official research grant.

The University of Queensland’s Dr Shu Ngo and Dr Adam Walker were the recipients of last year’s NTI research grant, which was funded through the auction of NTI’s 2020 restoration truck, also a 1946 Ford nicknamed ‘Black Beauty’.

See last years' NTI charity truck

"We’re making mini-3D spinal cords in a dish so we can understand how all the different cell types in the spinal cord might interact to drive the death of neurons in MND," Dr Ngo says.

"The research that we do here at the University of Queensland is an important part of a bigger puzzle. We work collaboratively with MND researchers around the world, asking questions that aren’t being replicated anywhere else, in the hope when all the pieces come together, we’ll be able to find the answer to MND."

Interior of the NTI truck shows the resto-mod theme which extends to the modern Isuzu drivetrain underneath which pumps out 148hp (110kW) and 286lb ft (385Nm).

NTI CEO Tony Clark said the company had raised almost $534,000 for MND research in the last five years, in honour of late CEO Wayne Patterson who was diagnosed with the condition in 2015 and later lost his battle.

"It’s vital we find a cure for MND as every day in Australia two people die from the debilitating condition," Clark says.

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 says.

"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."

Tickets for ‘Jolene’ are now on sale online, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to medical research.

Distinctive grill of early Ford trucks spawned the 'jailbar' moniker

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