Rides of a lifetime

Jory Armstrong (Supplied)

By Oliver Lees

Sunbury local Jory Armstrong has been treated to the ride of a lifetime twice over, after some generous members of the community agreed to make the young man’s dreams come true.

After recognising her son Jory’s obsession with Ford GT sports cars, his mother, Tania, posted on a community Facebook page hoping someone might take Jory for a ride.

As Jory is non-verbal, Tania said he shows his enthusiasm for the rare cars by enthusiastically pointing them out whenever they pass.

Originally Tania was unsure if posting online was a good idea, but it wasn’t long before she was bombarded with people wanting to lend a hand.

“In the first 15 minutes it had more than 150 likes, I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.

“It was amazing, we got such a strong response we had to knock back offers.”

With so many fellow Ford fanatics in the area, Tania was able to organise not one, but two special outings for Jory and his sister Aimee.

When Jory found out he would be seeing these classic cars up close and personal, he couldn’t help but jump for joy.

Darren Borg, the owner of a 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT replica, said it was his pleasure to make Jory’s day.

“I was more than happy to do it,” he said.

“The whole ride he couldn’t get the smile off his face.”

Likewise Russell, who offered up his 2018 GT Mustang Convertible on the weekend, said he was grateful for the chance to get the car on the road.

“Our lives are so busy, it’s great to have an excuse to go for a drive,” he said.

“It was really good for both of us.”

Now with over 1000 reactions to the original Facebook post and two additional rides set up for Jory, Tania said she’s incredibly proud and grateful to belong to such a giving community.

“I’m just happy that my son could bring some cheer to the community after such a hard previous year.”

Oliver Lees