Carl Neilsen, Bev Kidby and Lang Kidby and their restored Willys Overland.
Carl Neilsen, Bev Kidby and Lang Kidby and their restored Willys Overland. Contributed

True blue tour to fight cancer

THE tour of a nearly 100-year-old car to raise awareness of prostate cancer made a pit-stop in Gatton recently.

Lang Kidby did up his 1915 Model 80 Willys Overland after his friend Carl Neilsen was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The newly bright blue car has been touring Queensland encouraging men to check for the disease by "giving prostate cancer the finger".

Mr Kidby said they restored the car in order to spread the word of prostate cancer awareness after Mr Neilsen had his prostate removed when he was only 39 years old.

The car is currently on display at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre and will be moving to the Queensland Transport Museum in Gatton for the next three months.

The visit coincides with an emphasis on men's health this month by the Movember project.

The distinctive car features a silhouette of the Dutch sculpture Mannequin Pis of a young boy urinating.

One of the many legends regarding the statue is it is of a boy who urinated on a fuse to prevent a bomb that had been planted under the city walls.

Mr Kidby said the tour can help people extinguish the threat of cancer.

"We hope we convince many men to emulate 'Willy' to discover and pee on the burning fuse of prostate cancer and other hidden threats to save the day before it's too late."

The car will be on show at the Cultural Centre this month before moving to the Transport Museum.



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