Rebuilding mini is no small task for car enthusiast Tom

A LABOUR of love is turning into a boost for charity thanks to classic car enthusiast Tom Shorrock from Greenfield.

Tom, 23, has spent two years carefully rebuilding a 1987 mini, which was wrecked after being run in to the back of a lorry, to its original specifications.

The car’s journey from a sorry state to gleaming finish was recorded for Tom’s YouTube channel ‘Total Car Reviews’, which has more than 4,400 subscribers.

And now after completing the project, Tom has been inspired to raffle off a second classic car to raise funds for charity.

He explained: “I am keeping my first one which painstakingly took me two years to complete!

“There is nothing better than a fine, dry day riding my mini and watching the reactions of people admiring my creation.

“I spent so much on the details, even down to a badge which says ‘Shorrock’, costing £90. This personalised it for me.

“It has the original Austin Cooper S Tartan red paint as used in the Italian Job film.”

The stunning car is now complete with renewed upholstery, a green engine block and a sparkly silver ignition coil.

Tom worked all hours and in all weathers in a lean-to on the side of his mother Janet’s house, and was helped on the project by his dad Mark.

Mark said: “When I saw the state of the vehicle Tom had rescued I thought he had bitten off more than he could chew!

“But I am so proud of him. Restoring the mini to its former glory was a mind-blowing task.”

Tom added: “I want to enter it in to events like the Saddleworth Show, and the international Mini Meet in Bristol.

“But I also want to rebuild a second and I’m also aiming to raffle one off for charity and raise funds for a good cause.”

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