The information contained in the email I received for the content of this post is a hoax apparently. Well not so much of a hoax but the model cars in the pictures are not Tapper Torney’s. They were constructed by Sandy from New Zealand. Please note Sandy’s CanCars. You can read all about his construction of the cars and see the plans.
Tapper Torney was a real person who collected bottles in Broken Hill. See comments by Peter Lyster and the article he sent a link to. Thanks to Peter for that. It is also claimed on another site that Tapper also made model cars from cans but the ones in the original article are not his but Sandy’s. I can not find any pictures of Tapper’s model cars.
Someone has got carried away in telling Tapper’s story and illustrated it with Sandy’s model cars.
I will be more careful in the future.
This is the original post:
Oh to have the patience this man must have had. From now on every time I see an empty beer can I will look at in a new light.
People from Broken Hill will remember from their younger days this Icon of the city used to go to all the public functions… especially the picture theatres and always carried a sugar bag to collect empty Bottles and Cans.
His name was… Albert (Tapper) Torney. Everyone thought he was a bit Eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him. But it was discovered he was very talented and only sold the empty bottles and some of the cans.
After he died in (1998 aged 86) his large collection of model cars he made from the aluminium cans was discovered. This goes to prove… “You Shouldn’t Judge A Book by its Cover”, or a Sculptor by his sugar bag.
Amazing. I received this in an email chain and want to thank whoever is responsible for the pictures and information. I think Albert would have liked his work appreciated throughout the world.
Remember visit Sandy’s CanCars. I have contacted Sandy and offered my apologies.
- Man Builds Model Cars From Discarded Cans (business-opportunities.biz)