Special ride for top kids

00:17, Dec 18 2012
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North Windsor School prize winners, from left, Emma Riley, 11, Kate Loan, 10 (pink in front), Alex-Helena Cope, 11, and Reuben Haywood, 11 hang out in the bright yellow 1938 Chevrolet Master they arrived at school today.

A group of Windsor North pupils turned a few heads this morning when they arrived at school in a bright yellow 1938 Chevrolet Master.

Year 6 pupils Kate Loan, Emma Riley, Alex-Helena Cope and Reuben Haywood were chaffeured to class in the vintage car after receiving the school's top awards at the prizegiving last night.

Sporting cup winner Alex-Helena Cope, 11, said the unusual ride to school was exciting, but the lack of seatbelts was a little unnerving.

''In the back seat it was scary.''

The classic car belongs to teacher Harry du Mez, who bought it about a week ago just in time for the end of the school year.

Mr du Mez said he planned to bring the bright yellow mobile back for the next few years to treat future prize winners to a ride in the car.

''It's cool, isn't it? It might start a bit of a tradition,'' he said.

He hoped this year's trip could inspire younger children to put in more effort in the classroom.

''[Other pupils might think] Look, if I win this cup, work hard at school, I could get to drive in Mr du Mez's car.'

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