Man’s love for his ute lives on after death

Sisters Cheryl Mai and Helen Armistead hand over the keys of their brother Graeme Hayward’s beloved Holden utility to Trafalgar Holden Museum’s Neil Joiner. Graeme bequeathed his award-winning vehicle to the museum.

A Colac man’s generosity will see his pride and joy take its place among some of Australia’s most iconic vehicles.

Graeme Hayward, who died last year, bequeathed his 1999 VS SS Holden Commodore utility to the Trafalgar Holden Museum, and museum staff say the vehicle will take “pride of place” at the museum in about two weeks.

Graeme’s sister Cheryl Mai said the VS SS Commodore was something that Graeme held very close to his heart.

Cheryl said her brother bought the ute as an investment and his passion for showing the vehicle grew, entering his ute into car shows across the state and winning multiple awards.

“Weekends he would go away to different car shows; this ute was very special, he was very particular as to who drove it,” she said.

The SS Owners Club, which Graeme was a member of, paid tribute to Graeme at the Colac Custom Car and Bike Show earlier this year by driving a fleet of Holden vehicles to Colac in memory of him.

Cheryl said Graeme had always been passionate about Holden vehicles and would often be in his shed tinkering with cars.

“He loved Holdens. His ute featured in his funeral procession and it was a beautiful part of the service,” she said.

“It was his last ride in his beloved ute, it took him to his final resting place.”

Cheryl said her brother was a caring and loving person who was always there for her and her sisters Jenny Kohler, Helen Armistead and their mum Lorraine Hayward as well as his friends.

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