HORSHAM man Matthew Meek’s 1995 Toyota Supra RZ has been voted the Wimmera’s Hottest Car.
The competition was run on www.mailtimes.com.au.
Readers submitted photographs of their cars online, which were placed in a photo gallery and linked to an online poll.
Mr Meek will receive a $50 gift voucher courtesy of Bursons in Horsham.
His turbo-charged white sports car – known to his daughter Asha, 3, as ‘Daddy’s good car’ – picked up 18.2 per cent of 418 votes.
Vynka-lee Neighbour’s 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe came a close runner up, with 16 per cent of votes.
Damien Mackley’s Nissan Stagea beat Simon Clark’s 1966 International AB 110 pick-up truck to third place by 0.5 of a per cent.
Mr Meek said he was delighted by the region’s recognition of his car’s hotness.
He bought it just over 10 years ago, shortly after The Fast and The Furious was released.
The movie’s protagonist, Dominic Toretto – played by Vin Diesel – drove a bright orange Toyota Supra.
“By the time I went to the second Fast and Furious movie, I was driving the Supra,” Mr Meek said.
“I’ve owned it for 10 years and it still turns heads and gets comments every time I drive it.”
He said he was 22 when he purchased the car.
For six years it was his daily drive.
“My Supra has been seen at car shows and drags over the years and has a bit of a following,” Mr Meek said.
But he said the Supra had seen less action of late because his growing family could not fit into the two-seater racing car.
Mr Meek said people had started asking him if he still owned it.
“I’ll never part with it and can’t imagine life without it,” he said.
The least popular of the 15 entrants in the inaugural Wimmera’s Hottest Car competition was Andrew Broad’s Nationals campaign car, used in the follow-up to this weekend’s federal election.
It received a single vote.
Brent Tough’s Hyundai Excel garnered 6.2 per cent of the overall votes.
It shared the honour of seventh place with Jeff Umbers’ 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.
Seven of the 15 cars entered were made between the 1960s and 1970s.
There were two Holdens and one Ford.