Sparkling: the restored truck is being raffled for charity

NTI raffles restored lava orange pickup Daphne

NTI is again raising money for charity MND & Me Foundation with a sixth truck raffle.

A restored 1954 Chevrolet cab over engine pickup truck named Daphne, in the hue of hot lava orange, is on offer as the insurer raises much needed funds for Motor Neurone Disease research.

Found on a US farm and valued at $200,000, Daphne has a Chevrolet LT1 8 cylinder fuel injected engine and 1969 C-20 chassis, automatic transmission, and custom interior with leather seats, multimedia, timber floor, alloy wheels and LED lights.

In a bad way: Daphne was found on a US farm

Backing the charity cause: NTI’s Tony Clark and Don Geer

“While the truck might be mid-century, she’s got modern features,” NTI CEO Tony Clark said.

The raffle will be drawn July 9 at the NTI Supercars Round at Reid Park, Townsville. Raffle tickets can be purchased at

NTI has so far raised more than $1.5 million in honour of its late CEO Wayne Patterson who was diagnosed with MND in 2015. Around 2500 people in Australia are estimated to have MND. Two people are diagnosed and two die each day, with little known about why people suddenly develop the disease.

The truck restoration was made possible by generous donations, and the help of Matt Stone Racing.

Last year’s prize – a “luxury on wheels” motorhome with a queen-sized bed, kitchenette, showers, solar panels and water storage – raised $395,800.