It’s been a few months since we last caught up with Briannen and her Beetle. The 16-year old is restoring her first car, a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, with her VW mechanic dad, Mark, who is teaching her all the tricks along the way, and we will be following her every step.

Catch up: Briannen’s Beetle: Meet the 16-year-old restoring her first car

Saturdays used to be the only day Briannen could work on ‘Apis’, but she hasn’t been visiting the workshop as much as she would like to.

“Now I’m out of school, I’m going to come in more frequently. Exams have taken up 90 per cent of my time,” she says.

And even her friends have noticed her absence.

“My friends have said, ‘hey, we don’t see you much. Where have you been? You don’t hang out with us anymore!’”

Since we last spoke, Briannen has installed the master cylinder, front and rear brake pipes, and brake pads, with the latter ultimately proving too much of a challenge.

“Dad did most of it, as I’ve never done anything like that before, so I had to sit there and learn.”