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Model T helps give Angel Flight wings

Angels come in all shapes and sizes, and Gunnedah had a visit from an unlikely angel in a T Model Ford on Friday.
Nanjing Night Net

Heading home: Lindsay Bell with his T Model Ford “Lizzy” stops over in Gunnedah.

Lindsay Bell, a Lion from Morayfield in Queensland and an Angel Flight Australia supporter, and his wife Valmay arrived in Gunnedah as one of the last stages in a great adventure that has taken them around Australia.

The Bells, along with three other vintage cars, took their 1923 T Model Ford “Lizzy” up across the top of Australia before coming back across the Nullabor.

Mr Bell said the 280km-a-day journey had brought with it some unexpected adventures.

“The spokes in the wheels are wood and they shrunk and came loose,” he said.

“We put all new tyres on when we left, but these aren’t modern tyres. We got to Perth and needed new tyres.”

Mr Bell, a former pilot, can no longer fly because of hearing loss, but has found ways to support Angel Flight from the ground, including this fund-raising adventure.

He has also assisted with about 160 Angel Flight missions, helping country people make it to medical facilities.

The Bells have done it tough in the heat, camping overnight and travelling without air-conditioning across the country.

They were looking forward to a return to Morayfield early this week.

“I am going to make myself a good cup of tea, sit down and enjoy watching the grass grow,” Mr Bell said.

“Lizzy” met with trouble when they got to Bathurst and is returning home on the back of a trailer, but Mr Bell said it wouldn’t be long before she was back on the road.

“She’s a great girl, we’ve had a lot of fun in her,” he said. “She is a most honest vehicle.”

The couple also have a 1912 T Model Ford at home that goes by the name of “Margaret”.

The Bells said they had met some wonderful people on their travels, including caravanners and Lions members.

The trip aimed at raising awareness of Angel Flight and funds to help the service.

For more information, visit Morayfield Lions on Facebook.

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