David’s 30-year love of car restorations

A LOCAL car restoration enthusiast has seen some of his most prized possessions go all the way from his backyard to the big screen.

Nuriootpa resident David Booms has spent the past three decades restoring more than 30 old vehicles to their former glory, all from the comfort of his own property.

Mr Booms said his love for car restoration stems from a feeling he gets when he sees classic cars “wasting away”, and is continually on the lookout for new vehicles to work on.

“I don’t like to see cars just wasting away in paddocks,” he said.

“I would much rather see them in my own backyard, so I can work on them, than see them stacked up at the wreckers.”

Mr Booms has worked on a variety of different Holden vehicles, including a fully restored Sandman panel van, which was used in a portion of the filming for the 2009 film ‘Coffin Rock’.

He was invited to visit the film set and spent two weeks with the crew as they filmed the scenes that featured his vehicle.

Unfortunately, the filming, which occurred at Thompson’s Beach, didn’t go entirely to plan and Mr Booms was forced to look on, in shock, as his vehicle was run into a tree during filming.

“They had to re-shoot the scene three more times because they ran my car into a tree,” he said.

“Part of the tree had got stuck on the car, so when they reversed it back it was still dragging around on the road and we had to pull it out from the bumper bar.

“It wasn’t too bad and I let them know that I’d easily be able to fix it up.”

Locally, Mr Booms has won many awards at car shows and is a regular attendee at swap meets, where he hopes to find anything that can help him with his work.

It takes around six months for Mr Booms to completely restore a vehicle and can cost up to around $10,000, but he said the payoff from a sale makes it all worth it.

“Some (vehicles) can fetch offers as high as $50,000 once they are completely re-done,” he said.

“People like classic cars, so they’re willing to pay for them.”

Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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