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Wendy, always insist that the world keep turning your way. Have fun from here on out.
Willie Nelson and Family.
Joy ride ticked off bucket list
RIDE OF HER LIFE: Bob Hastie takes Wendy Pettifer for a ride in a Ford Mustang.
With wind in her hair, Willie Nelson playing on the tape deck and the roar of the V8-powered Ford Mustang as it charged down the road, Wendy Pettifer has had another dream come true.
The terminally ill Huntly woman beamed with joy as Bob Hastie, owner of 1969 Mach 1 Mustang, sank his foot deeper into his steed as they rumbled around the Waikato.
A ride in a pre-1972 Mustang was on Pettifer’s bucket list before cancer eventually takes her, and the Saturday morning ride was just the ticket.
“It was just amazing,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Hospice Waikato nurses visit Pettifer daily and they were at the top of her mind as she told the Waikato Times how Hastie and his wife Deidre Hastie pulled up the driveway.
“We heard it coming because that was one of the things I love about Mustangs is the noise of it.
“They have a blue Mustang and a red one, but the one I always wanted to go for a ride in was a red one. It’s just amazing.”
Pettifer uses a wheelchair these days so she was helped into the driver’s seat for a few photos and then the passenger side before they took off.
Her husband Doug Pettifer went along for the ride and sat in the back with Deidre Hastie and they all found a love for muscle cars translated into a fondness for American country music.
“The four of us have the same sense of humour as well because as we we’re rolling out the drive, we turned the tape deck up very loud which had Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, which was just amazing. Often time, we used to hang out after classes and used to watch WWE wrestling with a fervent passion.”
They drove to Hamilton and cruised the main street before tearing down the expressway to Ngaruawahia and home again. She couldn’t thank them enough.
“Ever since I was a child, there was just something – maybe it was born into me, I don’t know – I’ve just always loved Mustangs.”
Bob Hastie read about Pettifer’s wish to ride in a Mustang in the Waikato Times when she was visited by New Zealand Warriors player Jerome Ropati.
Members of the Waikato Mustang Owners’ Club put their heads together and Hastie made the Saturday morning jaunt happen.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Hastie. “She just sat there and laughed the whole time.”
“Because of the predicament she’s in and because she is a Mustang fan, you’ve got to look after them.”
Hastie didn’t know Pettifer before yesterday but said club members loved to do good turns, but more importantly, she was a part of the community and memories of yesterday’s ride would stick with him for a while.
“She particularly wanted the type of car that I had and I actually live close to Huntly as well,” said Hastie.
“It’s a pretty sad time of your life and to make the last part of your life really happy was unreal.”
Willie Nelson will be donating proceeds from his Birthday Concert on April 28th at The Backyard to West Volunteer Fire Department. Many people want to know how they can help.
- Donate to West Fire Department – mail donations to:
West Fire Department, PO Box 97, West, Tx 76691
- Donate to the victims – PointWest Bank: http://www.pointwestbank.com
- Donate Blood – during the next few months schedule appointment to donate blood. Blood will be needed and it has a limited shelf life. Go to https://www.redcrossblood.org for additional information and to find a location near you.
- Some items are needed but the out pooring has been above and beyond expectation. Please contact donation facilities for specific items needed at this time:
Extraco Events Center (254) 776-1660
First Baptist Church of Lott (254) 829-2321
**packing materials are going to be needed when the families can enter their homes again
- Medical help for animals is needed:
Happy Endings Animal Clinic 254-666-8240
Brazos Valley Boarding Kennels 254-854-4104
La Vega Vet Clinic 254-744-1948
Our hope is to also have collection bins around the concert to collect funds for the Fire Department. Additional details will be posted as it is gathered and verified.
TORONTO – Willie Nelson, Steve Martin and Montreal’s Nikki Yanofsky are set to perform at this year’s Toronto Jazz Festival.
The line-up for the annual festival also includes Mavis Staples with Dr. John.
The festival runs June 20 to 29. Nelson kicks off the festival at Massey Hall.
Martin performs June 29 at Nathan Phillips Square with his group The Steep Canyon Rangers and special guest Edie Brickell.
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For full schedule and ticket information go to torontojazz.com.
Read it on Global News: Global Toronto | Willie Nelson, Steve Martin to play Toronto Jazz Festival