Restomod truck raffle funds medical research


A researcher from the Queensland Brain Institute, working to find a treatment for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), is receiving a grant funded by NTI’s vintage truck raffle.



Funds for the 2024 NTI MND Research Grant were raised by raffling a restored, hot-lava-orange 1950s Chevrolet truck, named Daphne.

The truck was the sixth vehicle to be restored and raffled by Australia’s largest specialist insurance provider, NTI, and brings the total raised by the organisation for MND research to two million dollars, over six years.

NTI’s grant is delivered through not-for-profit MND and Me Foundation, whose CEO Jane Milne said: 

“This is just one of the MND Research Grants funded from the proceeds of raffling Daphne and it is great to see the impact that the raffle and NTI’s support of MND research can have across a wide range of research areas,” Ms Milne said.

“MND Research in Queensland is in a very strong position because of NTI and their continued commitment to helping us find a cure.”

NTI CEO Tony Clark said funding MND research was a cause the organisation would continue to support.

“We began supporting MND research after our former CEO Wayne Patterson lost his battle with the disease in 2018,” Mr Clark said.

“Each day in Australia, two people die from MND and another two are diagnosed. 

“We wanted to take a proactive approach to bettering the lives of MND sufferers and to help fund research into finding an effective treatment.

Daphne raised an incredible $580,000 – a record for the most funds raised of any of NTI’s restored vehicles. 

“We look forward to continuing to support researchers like Dr Rebecca San Gil now and into the future so a cure can be found for MND.”

The University of Queensland’s Dr Rebecca San Gil intends to use the grant to continue her research into MND; specifically looking at how repairing damaged proteins can stop or slow the disease.

“My experiments will demonstrate whether refolding damaged protein back into a functional protein can slow or stop disease progression. 

“This work will help develop therapies for people living with MND.”

Daphne’s specs are:

954 Chevrolet Cab Over Engine (COE)
Chassis 1969 Chevrolet C-20 Pickup
Interior • Dakota Digital- Analog/Digital Gauges • Custom Interior with bench seat
• E-Stopp -Electronic Handbrake
• Power Windows • Air-conditioning
• Pioneer touch screen multi-media
Engine • 2022 Chevrolet Camaro LT1
• Gen 5 Fuel Injected V8 6.2 Litre
• Active Fuel Management (AFM) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
Transmission 2022 Chevrolet Camaro 6L-80 Automatic • 6 Speed Auto
• 650 LB-FT Torque
Differential 2023 Ford 9 inch 3.5 – 1 Ratio
Brakes Vacuum Power Boosted 4 Wheel Ventilated Disc Rotors with 4 Piston Callipers
Suspension Front: 2022 Custom built Chevrolet Independent Coil Spring Rear: 1969 Chevrolet C – 20 Coil Spring Trailing Arm
Wheels Torque Thrust. 18” Five Spoke Polished Alloy Mags
Tyres Nankang 255/60R18
Paint Colour Hot Lava/Orange

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