Best woman cave in town

September 14, 2017

A Texaco bowser restored to its prime.

Plenty of power under the hood.

The woman cave with serious horsepower.

Jenni Cleave is happy with her woman cave.

Jenni Cleave with some of her favourite motorbikes.

Memorabilia lines the walls of Jenni Cleave's woman cave.

Welcome to the woman cave of Jenni Cleave where serious horsepower lives.

The pride of Ms Cleave’s shed is her restored custom Chevrolet 1957 150 series two-door business man’s coupe and her Sport 1200 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The iconic badges of those two brands are mounted on the back wall and highlight the spacious shed that was renovated as a Valentine’s Day surprise by husband Jarrod.

‘‘We were at the Clipsal 500 in March and he was sussing out what colours I liked and when we came back it was all done up — it all started from there,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s really nice to open the doors and look at what we have worked for, it’s like a dream.’’

Mr Cleave’s 1971 Chevelle also features in the shed along with a collection of motorcycles.

The shed has an overall Americana feel to it because the Chev comes from Texas.

‘‘I’ve always dreamed of owning a Chev since I was about 12 years old and watched the film Running On Empty — that started my passion,’’ she said.

Brands like Texaco feature in the shed with a restored old-school bowser and oil canisters.

A tyre rack in the corner of the shed is themed after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

‘‘There’s old tins and a bit of everything but it’s still a work in progress,’’ she said.

Ms Cleave said, like other shed owners, she gets most of the bits and pieces from swap meets but also checks out the antiques and collectables shed at Emerald Bank, where she found the Texaco bowser.

Car racing memorabilia is on the wall including Street Machine magazine’s feature on her Chevrolet 1957 and signed portraits of Victor and Ben Bray.

A bar at the back of the shed probably doesn’t get as much use as it would in other sheds but Ms Cleave said she spends plenty of time in there.

‘‘We like to keep doors open,’’ she said.

‘‘I think it’s the best woman cave in Shepparton.’’

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