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Leongatha Auto Wreckers
Leongatha Auto Wreckers
112 Horn st
Need a part?
Need a part?
If we don’t have it
...we’ll find it...
Dismantling most makes and models
New & used parts
(genuine & non genuine)
ALL SUPPLIED WITH WARRANTIES
WITH OVER 15 YEARS INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
AFTER 20 years of working
with cars, Adam Rockall
decided to turn his passion into
a business by taking over
Leongatha Auto Wreckers on
New Year's Day.
Mr Rockall started working
with cars at 16 years of age when
he left high school and his love for
the craft has not changed.
“I have worked with cars for
most of my life and I wanted to
continue doing that with the
flexibility of being my own boss,”
he said after buying the 30 year old
business late last year.
“This is my first business and I
am sure it will be a challenge but it
is great being able to work close to
Wrecking right: Adam Rockall stands in the workshop of Leongatha Auto Wreckers on Horn Street
where he took over the business in the New Year.
A spray painter by trade, Mr
Rockall will join Russel Vos, who
has been working as a dismantler
for the business on and off for 24
The Horn Street business can
dismantle most makes and models
while offering quality new and used
parts. With hundreds of engines,
gearboxes, diffs and radiators on
hand, everyone from the mechanic
to the amateur tinkerer can find
what they need.
“Most people come in for
radiators but we have a wide range
of things on offer,” Mr Rockall said
his warehouse is filled with parts.
“We sell a lot of aftermarket parts
which can be hard to come across
With plans to put the business
online, Mr Rockall hopes
customers will one day be able to
purchase parts through the website
for delivery and pick up.
“We supply a warranty on all of
our parts and we always offer good
after sales service. We also want to
be able to offer that to people
regardless of where they live,” he
Mr Rockall's two sons, Jake and
Seth have also taken an interest in
“It is a good space for them to
learn skills they can have with them
forever,” he said.
By Sarah Vella
NOEL Thornby from Inverloch
developed an interest in older mo-
torcycles after taking his children
to Inverloch’s Investigator Rally.
“When my children were small, I would
take them down to look at the bikes. I would
say ‘One day, I am going to get one of
those’,” he said.
“When the children left home, I thought
it was time to start looking for an Indian.”
Noel purchased his first Indian, a 1941
741 military scout, after his son got lost in
Brisbane and found a bike for sale.
“My son rang me to tell me he was lost,
but he had found an Indian. He said it must
be fate, so I had to buy it,” he said.
Noel’s collection of Indians grew to four
at one stage, but he said he is a rider, not a
collector so that number had to be reduced.
He had his 1941 bike, a 1945 military
scout, an imported 2001 Gilroy Indian and
a 2013 Indian, which was made after Polaris
purchased the brand in 2011.
When Polaris took over, the first 111 mo-
torcycles it made were numbered. Noel has
Once the 2013 bike was added to the ga-
rage, Noel knew it was time to downsize his
“I sold the 1945 military chief, but the
next day I knew I had sold the wrong bike.
So I sold the 1941 and the 2001 bike, to pur-
chase a 1947 Indian,” he said.
“I bought it as it was and thought it was
a goer, but I spent the first seven months re-
“It was a whole bike, but after a couple of
months, it was just a pile of pieces. I thought
‘If I just fix this, it will be rideable’, but once
I started finding problems, it didn’t stop.”
Noel left school to become a mechanic
and then joined the army at 16 years of
age to become an apprentice, but he hasn’t
worked as a mechanic for 35 years.
“My bike is what they would call a ‘barn
find’ in the United States. It is not polished
and original, but it gets ridden,” he said.
“In my opinion, bikes are meant to be
ridden. What’s the point of having some-
thing if it isn’t useful? I can go for a ride on
my bike and think, this is a great piece of
history, but it still does what it did in 1947.”
Noel said anything old needs a lot of fix-
ing, but all in all, Indians were surprisingly
“I rode the 1945 from Bunbury, around
the south coast of Western Australian and
across the Nullarbor to Adelaide. We were
riding hundreds of kilometres each day, and
for a 1945 bike, that is a huge effort,” he
Noel is happy with his two bikes, which
he tries to ride as often as he can.
“I like to ride a couple of times per week
and I tend to ride the new bike a lot more,”
“One of the clubs I am a member of
does four weekend rides per year and a 10
day trip every two years. In March, we are
heading out on another 10 day ride around
“It should be a great trip.”
Born to ride: Inverloch’s Noel Thornby has a keen interest in motorcycles, par-
ticularly Indians. He has a 1947 bike, pictured here, as well as a 2013 bike.
THE RACV is urging drivers to
follow the law for the type of re-
straints children of a certain age
need to travel in.
Babies aged up to six months must be se-
cured in a rearward facing restraint, and then
children up to four years must be in forward
Children aged four to seven can be in a
forward facing restraint or booster seat, and
children older than seven can be in a booster
seat or adult seatbelt.
While the law specifies the minimum,
it’s safest to only move your child to the
next type of restraint once they outgrow
their current restraint.
While the law specifies a minimum, it
is recommended to only allow your child to
travel in the front seat when they are older
All restraints must meet Australian
child restraint standard AS/NZS 1754:2013.
These restraints display an Australian Stan-
dards approved sticker.
Features of the current standard include:
age and shoulder height marking guides (not
a weight based guide), colour coded seatbelt
paths to make installation and use easier, a
design to minimise submarining, booster
seats for children up to eight to 10 years of
age, forward facing restraint with a harness
for children from approximately six months
to eight years of age and SOFIX compatible
Booster cushions were deleted from the
standard in 2010 and are no longer manufac-
tured. RACV does not recommend booster
cushions as they do not provide any side im-
pact or head protection.
VicRoads’ research shows children who
are restrained incorrectly are up to seven
times more likely to be seriously injured in
Play it safe: children who are not
restrained correctly can be severely
injured in a crash.
Buckle up children safely
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