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By: Howard James Pietersie

The Story of Curvy Kate

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The Story of Curvy Kate is a fascinating story of one man's lifelong dream to build a head-turning replica SS Jaguar from the ground up. Howard Pietersie takes us through a mechanical odyssey, replete with setbacks, successes and innovative solutions that make Curvy Kate a remarkable story of endurance, elation and love. However, the romantic notion of building a truly elegant piece of 20th-century motoring royalty is not for the faint-hearted; though any unsuspecting soul determined to do so would do well to read this book. The Story of Curvy Kate is Pietersie's inspirational and sometimes hilarious journey into the secret life of an enthusiastic amateur determined to realise a dream.
The author, Howard James Pietersie, is a South-African-born Australian citizen who has lived and worked in Western Australia since emigrating in 1986 at the age of 38 with his wife, Gail; son, Robin; and daughter, Anneline. After serving an apprenticeship, he pursued a career as a marine engineer before meeting the love of his life, Gail Vincent, while on leave in Durban. After marrying, Gail and Howard lived and worked in various places around South Africa - Gail as a top flight legal secretary and Howard in various engineering positions - until moving to Australia. The family settled in suburban Perth and ran a successful business, manufacturing display fittings until moving to Northam in the West Australian Wheatbelt where Gail and Howard reside to the present day. The author has had a passion for British cars for most of his adult life, having owned several Rovers, Minis and Cortinas. But his greatest ambition was to build a car from 'scratch', so to speak. The Story of Curvy Kate is the final realisation of that dream. Howard James Pietersie has also written several short stories and the light-hearted and fast-moving fiction adventure novel Mechanical Mayhem, which features the larger-than-life Jack Frost who is a vintage car wheeler dealer, among other things.
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