Orangeville’s Gary Scattergood spent his life owning and admiring cars that were current and high tech and even strange in some eyes. Everything from VW beetles, Corvairs and Volvos to multiple Audi Quattros, it seemed out of character for Gary to pursue an antique Ford. But this old machine has a place in his heart, not only his garage. Gary’s father John Scattergood, had the identical car when Gary was born. John and his wife brought Gary home from the hospital where he was born in that car, and they owned it for many years. Seeing one for sale in brought back that childhood memory again. He found this car for sale in 2004. A deal was struck and Gary was the proud owner of a piece of Canadian Ford history. This 1936 V8 Ford is a rare version built in Canada. The flathead engine had to be refurbished, the interior re-upholstered correctly to look original and other details Involving the electrical system and brakes were brought back up to standard. The body and paint were in good enough condition to leave as is and give the correct “weathered” but nice finish. Gary has since taken the car to Dearborn Michigan for a reunion of owners that have similar Fords. It drew a lot of interest and received a recognition award and was invited back the next year. Every one in Gary’s family sees and admires his passion for this car and Gary’s wife Mary, a very accomplished artist, has even made this car a focal point in one of her pieces called “Coming Home”. With most enthusiasts turning their interest to more current classics, it’s great to see that the passion for the 30’s cars is still strong for some collectors such as Gary Scattergood.
Written by Perry Mason