RACV Club members will be familiar with John
Wanner – leader of the sixteen piece JW Swing Orchestra and the
six piece Silver Service Jazz Band. Both of these ensembles have
played at the City Club and Country Club many times during the
past six years and John and his crew continue to entertain members
as they dine and dance at various Club events and dinners.
Along with his passion for music John is also
mad about the FE and FC Holdens which were released during the
1956 – 1959. The memory of sitting in his father’s FE wagon as
young boy and pretending to drive without being able to reach the
pedals was John’s initiation into the Holden world. Being the
proud owner of Two FC utes, and FE wagon an FC wagon an FC Panel
van and FE convertible, it is obvious that his love of these
models is no passing craze.
John Wanner (Band Leader) and Cars
In 1987 John founded the FE/FC Holden Car Club
of Victoria Inc., which to this day is still the largest FE/FC car
club in Australia. The club meets on the second Tuesday of every
month – more information is available from the club’s web site
or call the ’hotline’ on (03) 9513 5658.
John, with the help of some friends rebuilt and
restored all of his vehicles – most of them having been in poor
condition upon purchase. The wagon had been living in a chicken
coop for two years before John had rescued the deteriorating
shell. But with some determination, engine reconstruction fancy
panel and paint work all of the vehicles were polished and humming
in no time.
FE convertible is a custom built car that is currently the
National Grand Champion of all the FE./FC Holdens in the
country and was featured as the cover story in the August
2000 edition of Unique Cars magazine The convertible is
reserved for special outings, whilst the FC ute is John’s
John is lucky enough to combine his two loves
– his two-toned blue 1959 FC ute is adorned with the JW Swing
Orchestra logo. Don’t be surprised if you see his magnificent
car in the Club garage, it is this vehicle that John uses when
playing a gig most Saturday evenings in the Club Restaurant.
It’s amazing that John can still work
full-time without letting his hobbies engulf him – during the
day John can be found teaching clarinet, saxophone and flute to
the young budding musicians at Koonung Secondary College and
Brentwood Secondary College.
This article came from the RACV
Club News Feb-April 2001