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June 2011 Dedicated to the life-long enjoyment of historic vehicles by enthusiasts on the Darling Downs

Grea at to o see that Noel Co ox gets sa place e of honour in the e Aero ote ec hang garr.

Michael & Sue Wells inspecting a 70 Ford Torino.

David Hack

The club banner proudly displayed in front of our cars.

Alex Allum & Jeff Brown admiring this Buick with a DDVVMC badge from a previous owner. Current owner is at the rear.

A selection of pretty adornments - including an Isle of Man logo on the Jaguar, and the curves on this two-tone Ford pickup.

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DDVVMC MANAGEMENT TEAM 2010-2011 President ........................................ Jeff Brown Ph: 07 4613 6706 Mob: 0403 454 332 Email:

Vice-President ......................Trevor Hoffmann Ph: 07 4635 4960 Mob: 0412 861 181 Email: vice

Secretary ................................... Katie Burgess Ph: 07 4634 2723 Mob: 0429 342 723 Email:

Treasurer ....................................... Joe Ciantar Ph: 07 4637 2424 Mob: 0439 734 165 Email:

Dating officer ................................. Lara Wilde Mob: 0417 779 917

Editor ...........................................David Grant Ph: 07 4635 0070 Mob: 0405 660 478 Email:

Property officer .................. Paul Christiansen Ph: 07 4633 1287 Mob: 0432 331 496 Email:

Rally director ................................Pat Murphy Ph: 07 4635 5728 Mob: 0428 746 272 Email:

Librarian ................. Brad & Mitchell McKeiver Ph: 07 4630 7204 Mob: 0488 706 833 Email:

Workshop supervisor (QHMC rep) .....Jeff Cox Ph: 07 4635 4481 Mob: 0427 603 698

Membership officer ..................... John O’Hara Ph: 07 4632 8855 Mob: 0428 891 645

Swap Manager ..............................David Liffen 0400 200 090


Historian .....................................Brian Timms Ph: 07 4630 0048 Email:

QHMC rep ................................Graham Allum Ph: 07 4697 6672 Mob: 0403 528 331 Email:

Web site: Meetings: Visitors welcome

By President Jeff Brown Gentlefolk, start your engines. The RACQ HMC Rally is nearly upon us and it’s shaping up well. It’s unbelievable how much hard work goes on behind the scenes to pull off a big event like this. My hat is off to Pat Murphy, Jeff and Ann Cox, and Graham Allum, and all those who’ve been helping relentlessly to make sure it all goes according to plan and on time.If you haven’t yet registered, please do so immediately. I know we have a lot of interesting cars in this club and our visitors will love to see them. Let’s make sure we bring them out for this rally. Just as the Toowoomba Swap is an important event for this club, this rally is equally so for it flies the flag — not just for our club, but for the old car movement in general. It’s our largest rally event this year and many will be coming from all across Australia. Not only will our city and region be on show, but obviously so will our club and it’s members be to them, and just as importantly, on show to our community. Let’s get out there and knock their socks off. It will be exciting meeting old car enthusiasts from afar, and in the process making new friends. The old car movement has the heartwarming tendency to create lifelong friendships as it’s all about passionately sharing a common interest. No doubt many of our club members will find all sorts of extra opportunities to go out of their way to make our visitors feel welcome — so thanks in advance everyone. Every effort will be worth it and I’m sure no sacrifice will be too great. A huge thanks to everyone who showed up at the club clean-up day. It was a massive turnout and a lot was done. Someone said the place got the cleanup of it’s life. Thanks also to those who prepared the superb lunch and of course all the snackies along the way.

Next general meeting:

Pamela and I are now safely ensconced in the Murphy’s Harristown house, and the pile of boxes are steadily getting thinner. Thanks also to David Grant, Bill Shepherd, Lyle Handley and Pat Murphy who gave us a hand. We just wouldn’t have done it without you blokes, so a heartfelt thanks from us. The fun-est part was getting the Cadillac into the shed, via the narrow side entrance and across the back lawn. The truck had dropped the car on the driveway, then it was over to Pat Murphy, my step-son Kris and myself to push the nearly two tons across gravel and soft spongy lawn then up into the shed. It would have been OK except we had to push it forward and back several times to get it lined up. My legs were like jelly at the end but Pat didn’t even seem to be puffing. I’m determined the next time it comes out it will be under it’s own steam.

Next newsletter closing date

As I’m still carless, I’ll be bumming a ride (or rides) throughout the rally so be prepared for a bit of dead weight.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the DDVVMC Clubrooms, 2 Rocla Court, Toowoomba.

Mailing address:

DDVVMC, PO Box 486, Toowoomba Qld 4350 Clubroom Ph: 07 4633 3181


Workshop open Monday nights from (approx) 7pm to 9pm and Wednesday afternoon 2pm to 5pm.

Next management committee meeting 7.30pm, Monday, June 6, 2011

7.30pm Thursday, June 9, 2011 May 27, 2011

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DDVVMC MEETINGS MANAGEMENT ~ MAY 9 Meeting was opened at 7:37 pm by Vice-President Trevor Hoffmann who thanked all for attending. Attendance: as per book. Apologies: Jeff Brown. Minutes: Moved by Graham Allum Sec Paul Christiansen that the minutes as printed in the newsletter be accepted as a true record. Carried Business Arising from Minutes: Correspondence: Inward: Numerous newsletters, flyers, accounts payable and receipts. Outward: Nil Moved Brad McKeiver Sec Brian Timms that inwards be received and outwards be endorsed. Carried. Treasurers’ Report: report delivered by Joe Ciantar Moved Joe Ciantar Sec Paul Christiansen that the financial report be accepted as read and the accounts be endorsed for payment. All in favour, carried. Editor: Rag late due to tight schedule, will be delivered at meeting & the rest mailed afterwards. Pictures of members cars, membership applications added to web site, QHMC summary left out due to space limitations. Property: White board purchased, gutter guard here ready for working bee on the 28th of May 2011 all welcome. Purchasing of down pipes Joe Ciantar to help with picking up the pipe. Paul to purchase some pine bark for gardens. Rally Director: QHMC Rally entries slowly increasing members are asked to please not leave their entries too late. We are hoping for around 100 cars. Armstrong Sidley coming in this weekend they have invited us to rally with them Sunday. Gatton swap following weekend, Brad doing a rally at Nobby in July. Consumption Rally expanded to include a Saturday night Pizza and movie at the club house to attract other clubs to attend. Librarian: nil Workshop: Sewing machine repaired and ready to go. Historian: Motion Jeff Cox for the purchase of 10 photos and frames for the large function room of the club house from the Maison D’Art seconded Brian Timms. All in favour, carried. Historic Motoring Council: later in the year the federal government are looking at federal standardisation so a decision on the concessional rego needs to be lobbied. Membership: Moved John that David and Norelle Maurer be accepted as new members. Pat Murphy seconded, all in favour, carried. Dating Officer: absent Swap: list of recommendations to be carried over to the next meeting.

General Business: Motion Ann Cox that a fund of $1000 as a float be made available to her for shopping for the QHMC rally seconded John O’Hara all in favour carried. Paul Christiansen to stock the fridge. Pat Murphy outlined the land changes that are being proposed at the show grounds, which will affect some sites. No further business meeting closed at 9.20 pm Secretary Katie Burgess Vice President Trevor Hoffmann.

GENERAL MEETING ~ MAY 12 The meeting was opened at 7.30 pm by President Jeff Brown who thanked all for attending. Due to the cold it was held in the smaller room. Apologies: Philip Martin, Rob Callow, Clyde Baker, Shane and Keith Hoffmann, Lara Wilde. Visitors: Trent Pascoe, Mick Collins. Present: As per attendance book Minutes: Motion Bob Chapman that the minutes as printed in the newsletter be accepted as a true record. Sec Trevor Hoffmann carried. Correspondence Inward: • Inward: Numerous newsletters, flyers, various accounts payable and receipts, cheque from the swap, entries for the RACQ HMC Rally, Inverell Antique Motor club re 2011 Northwest Rally from 11th – 13th June 2011. USQ Connecting Communities, letters of invitation to up & coming events. • Outward: Letter of thanks and receipt to Orchy Toowoomba. Moved Katie Burgess that inwards are received and the outward be endorsed. Sec Leonie Ham all in favour Carried. Treasurers’ Report: Joe Ciantar delivered financial report. Moved Joe Ciantar that the report be accepted as read and the accounts endorsed for payment Sec Bob Chapman All in favour – carried. Vice President: Talked about the Taree club visit and showed the trophy presented to our club. Dating Officer: nil Editor: Thanked contributors to the Rag for stories and photos Property manager: Fridge restocked for the up coming events, down pipes & white boards purchased. Rally Director: Thanked Michael for the prizes for the recent President’s rally. Thanked members for participation in the David Hack show - about 20 cars attended. Talked about the success of the Taree club rally visit with excellent turnout of members and a big thanks to Ann Cox and others who helped with the event which helped to make the visit it the success it was. Historic Motoring Council: Consumption rally entry forms now out. This year adding a social night with pizza and a movie. Librarian: nil

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Workshop manager: Spray booth in use again, Paul using the trailer this weekend, sewing machine up and running, bead blaster gloves replaced. Jeff asking for a cross cut saw if anyone can help. Membership Officer: Welcomed David and Norelle Maurer.

Membership renewals due 30/6/2011 Full membership is $50

Historian: 10 new photos and frames are being purchased for the large function room. Swap manager: In David’s absence, Jeff Brown motioned. 1. That the Toowoomba swap be changed to a sat & sun event commencing from the 2013 swap. 2. The 2012 Toowoomba Swap should remain open the same days on the Friday and Saturday with the following changes. a. Site holders to be allowed in on the Thursday afternoon for setting up only and in a 6am for set up on the Friday morning. b. The public allowed in from 7am on the Friday. Seconded Paul Christiansen all in favour, carried.

AGM August Consider what skills you have and how they can benefit the club. Nomination form is included & must be submitted to the secretary before 27th July

Show and Tell: Len Kennedy talked about his recent trip to the United States, visiting ghost towns and Route 66, and his 24 hours lost in New York. He would be happy to talk to anyone that wishes to travel to the States and has a slightly used Garmin satellite system for sale $50. Quiz: Graham Allum delivered the quiz and associated prizes. General Business: Committee members voted on the purchase of photos for the function room at the club. Put to members to see if anyone objected to same. No objections noted. Graham Allum is asking for members to please make contact with ideas and recommendations for concessional registration. Motion Jeff Cox that the club’s position on concessional registration remain with the current system of a yearly registration. Second Bob Chapman. Motion defeated. Jeff Brown moved house. Thanks to club members who came and helped with the move (Bill, Pat, Lyle & David). Ann Cox needs numbers for working bee on the 28th May Thanks to Norelle and Sue for helping set up for general meeting, Cooking needed for the HMC Rally Morning, thanks to Malcolm for the car parts needed for the Rally. Thanks to all who are offering their help for the rally. If you have been doing covers for the rally gifts please ensure they get to Ann by the 28th of May.

Two famous names in the one machine at the David Hack classic: Brooks saddle and BSA bicycle, with a petrol motor in the hub.

Jeff and Anne Cox will be taking the Armstrong Siddeley club members on a tour of Toowoomba in the Whippet on the 15th May 2011. No further business meeting closed at 9.27 pm. Katie Burgess: Secretary

Jeff Brown: President

This Douglas has been displayed in the Aerotec hangar for the last few years, so it was a surprise to learn it is owned by Col Baker.

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Queen’s Birthday long weekend, June 11-13, 2011

Receipts Any members who incur expenses for ingredients are asked to keep receipts for reimbursement.

Workers’ roster SATURDAY

Rocla Court Park carparking 9:00am to 12:00 Brad McKeiver, James Meara

Registration 9:00am to 12:00 Lynne Murphy

Rally itinerary The Club Rooms of the DDVVMC will be Rally Central. Saturday Book in from 9 am Morning tea and Lunch supplied. 12.30 pm Depart for a leisurely drive to the Empire Theatre for a tour of this magnificently restored, art deco building. Afternoon tea will be part of the theatre tour. Social Dinner will be from 6.30 pm at the City Golf Club. Sunday Assemble from 8.00 am for an 8.45 am departure to travel to Pittsworth via a stress free circuitous route. We will be visiting the Pittsworth Pioneer Village where you will be supplied with morning tea, then allowed to explore the Pioneer Village. Lunch will be served and you can stay a while as there will be Queensland Day activities and craft displays at the Village or you can explore Pittsworth itself. Then you can meander back to Toowoomba, via a different route. There will also be places of interest on the return route. Presentation dinner will be starting from 6.30 pm again at the City Golf Club. Monday Breakfast will be available at the DDVVMC club rooms from 7:00 am with a 9:00 am departure to the TAFE Car park, located in the heart of Toowoomba. We will present a stunning car show in the car park and you will be able to investigate Cobb & Co Museum or stroll through Queens Park. The museum has recently upgraded exhibits as well as extended display areas. Lunch will be Pizza in the Park and available from 11.30 am. Entrants can then return home at their leisure.

Food preparation / Barbeque / Clean up etc for morning tea and lunch. 9:00am to 2:00pm Ann & Jeff Cox and all attending club members

Parking and security at Empire Theatre Trevor, Allan & Shane Hoffmann, Merv Rodgers Keith and Coral Hoffmann meet and greet at theatre SUNDAY

Poker run Checkpoint Rocla Court Biddeston School Mt Tyson turnoff Mt Tyson Pittsworth

People Alan Newman, one more Keith & Shane Hoffmann Two needed David & Timothy Grant Rob Drummond, Peter Jarvis

Museum parking John Sutton, Roy Dagan

People’s Choice organiser Jeff Brown MONDAY

Breakfast Michael & Sue Wells (organisers), all attending club members to help including cleanup.

Cobb & Co parking Len Kennedy, Brad McKeiver, Lyle Handley

Thank you As you can see there are still a few vacancies and all help will be appreciated. Many thanks. Pat and Lynne, Jeff and Ann, Graham

Entrants are encouraged to wear period costume applicable to the era of their vehicle, particularly at the Presentation Dinner. Don’t forget to pack chairs for the various stops during the rally.

Cooking required Over the past 2 weeks Leonie Ham assisted Ann in catering plans for the rally by doing a phone around. Leonie reported that “All together, 24 of our ladies have been approached. I am most grateful for the wonderful positive outcome in that every lady agreed happily to cook for Saturday morning tea and lunch. It is most heart warming that our membership is so supportive. Just another plus in belonging to D.D.V.V.M.C. My grateful thanks. Looking forward to an enjoyable Rally.” 200 guests = 1200 pieces of food This means approximately 50 pieces of food per volunteer.

Not too many Volvos in the club, but who would not like this 1970 P1800E owned by Paul Scholz?

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DDVVMC dinner dance Saturday 13 August Tickets available at the July meeting. Cost to be advised.

These sketches are from the 1982 Souvenir Issue of the Veteran Gazette, a publication of the Veteran Car Club of Australia, for their 1982 Queensland Silver Jubilee National Tour. Participants included: • Norm Giltrow from Toowoomba in a 1929 Pontiac Big 6 sedan • Ed Hebergang from Toowoomba in a 1914 Singer Roadster • Dave Feichtner from Drayton in a 1909 Cadillac 30 roadster • Graham Allum from Sebastopol in a 1928 Ford A tourer

Ladies, can you match these outfits on the night?

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RACQHMC RALLY 11/12/13th June This big event is almost here. I would like to thank the members who have firstly entered the run and secondly those who have offered to help in some way. This is the fifth time the club has organised this rally – once in each decade. I don’t know whether any other club in Queensland has achieved this milestone. Interestingly, we don’t seem to have a lot of support from clubs that have been established as long as the DDVVMC. Many of the entrants seem to be from newer clubs and the great majority of the vehicles are from the 50s to the 70s. Currently, there are approximately ninety entrants and we will possibly have around 100 by the time the rally is on. Of that number about a quarter are from the DDVVMC. More in another section of the newsletter.

Notes from the Queensland Historic Motoring Council, May 26, 2011.

NOBBY QCWA Queensland Day celebrations 5th June The QCWA have invited us to this event and have asked for a number of cars to be displayed. For further information contact Amee Ciesiolka. Starting time has been advertised for 9:30 am. WIND UP RALLY 16th July Brad McKeiver has kindly offered to organise this annual event. He plans on taking us to Nobby for the morning and the club will subsidize the event. Brad plans on morning tea of billy tea and damper and lunch at Rudd’s Pub. There are many places to visit in the township. DINNER DANCE Saturday 13th August Please place this event in your diaries. We have arranged a band and the Glencoe Lutheran ladies will be catering. At the April meeting, quite a few members indicated their willingness to attend so please give it consideration. If we don’t get enough people, we will probably ask for members to bring friends along. The cost of the dinner dance per person will be advertised next month. PETROL CONSUMPTION RUN 20/21 August Graham has organised a number of successful events of this nature in the past few years and this time would like to offer it to people from other areas who may be interested. He has therefore broadened the rally to include a Saturday evening pizza and film night as well as the Sunday rally. If you haven’t volunteered to help on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, please give it some consideration. We need all the help we can get. ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY and TAREE VISITS Our club is indebted to the members who helped these visiting clubs while they were in Toowoomba. Our biggest efforts were catering for both groups of 50 or so. Ann Cox and Del Timms as well as many other members excelled in the wonderful food presented to our visitors. Some of the men also became involved by helping out with various tours around our region. WELL DONE! LAMA SWAP 22nd May Lousy weather dampened the spirits of both our club members and the site holders. The swap was only half its normal size and only a small number of Toowoomba cars came on the run. Pat and Lynne

General business items. There was discussion on the upcoming introduction of National Codes of Practice.The AHMF in particular need to make their submission to the Australian Transport Council. We believe that the NSW Bush Council have already made a submission. Acceptance of an application for the Robert Shannon grant awarded to people under 30 years old who are restoring a vehicle more than 30 years old. Information on this grant and the criteria are available from the Council web site. Seat Belt rules. It seems that at some stage in the past the rule was that all under 16 needed seat belts. This was dropped at some stage but re-introduced when the new “national Code’ was brought in. Despite it supposedly being a national code each State made their own ‘adjustments’. The feed back from the clubs was mixed with a number saying that the rule should be in line with ADRs which have seat belts as mandatory from 1969 but in a split vote the Council is going for pre 1960. Dating Certificate. This is still coming with Rod Graydon exchanging proofs with Qld Transport a number of times. The AGM for the AHMF is coming up in September. Agenda items? Clubs are asked to keep in mind any useful tips for the QHMC Rally Handbook. National Heritage Motoring Day. If any clubs have pics from their particular event the Council would like them sent as a record. Concessional Rego. After much discussion it was moved that a sub-committee be formed to investigate and compare as many different schemes as possible, Australian and overseas. Delegate from the Vintage Car Club of Qld undertook to make a summary of as many schemes as he could find. The sub-committee will wait for this summary before proceeding. Sub-committee has 4 members at present, President of QHMC, delegate from Chevrolet club (I think), delegate from American Ford V8 club and delegate from DDVVMC. Graham Allum

Indoor Bowls ~ a fun night Played at DDVVMC Club Rooms every second Tuesday night at 7.30pm. All welcome. Dates: June 7, 21 For further enquiries: Ted Taylor 4632 2565

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GRAHAM’S OLD VEHICLE QUIZ May answers 1 Which English make introduced the Dart sports car in 1958? Daimler, (SP250)

2 Which make offered a Model E Delivery Car in 1905? Ford 3 Which maker officially began truck production on July 27, 1917? Ford 4 Announced at the Turin Motor Show of April 1953 was a 1996 cc V8 powered sports car. What was the make? Fiat

9 Which make introduced the GS 455 range in 1970? Buick 10 The 1000MB was introduced in 1966 by which maker? Skoda

June Quiz: 5 Which maker offered the 348 cc flat twin engined Dragonfly in 1955? Douglas

6 Which maker offered the low priced DRXX model, introduced as a 1934 ½ model? Dodge 7 Which maker introduced the Ultramatic transmission in their Golden Anniversary model of 1950? Packard

1 In 1928 which truck manufacturer used Pontiac engines in light duty models and Buick engines in medium duty models? ................................................................................................. 2 New for 61 was a compact with a Trophy 4 engine, what was the make and model? ................................................................................................. 3 Which make introduced a range of Squirrels in 1922? ................................................................................................. 4 Which make had Confederate, Master Eagle and Standard Mercury models in the early 30s? ................................................................................................. 5 Which make had their 16th, 17th and 18th series in the late 30s? ................................................................................................. 6 Which make offered a range of twin ignition models in the early 30s? ................................................................................................. 7 Prior to 1910 this make offered V-twins, V4s V6s and even a V8, which was it? ............................................................................................... 8 Which make offered Planets and Comets in the late 20s & early 30s? ................................................................................................. 9 Which maker offered the 4.5 litre EXP 8, just before it folded in 1937? ................................................................................................. 10 In 1931 which make produced a 2336 cc twin OHC straight 8 with a 10 bearing crankshaft? .................................................................................................

8 Four Six cylinder models and three eight cylinder models were offered in the 1934 Aerodynamic range from which maker? Hupmobile

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I, …………………………………………….. being a financial member of the DDVVMC wish to nominate for the position of ……………………………………………………….. for the above year .

Signed ……………………………………………………….

In support of the above nomination I, ………………………………………………………. also being a financial member of the DDVVMC hereby propose the nomination. Signed ……………….……………………………………….

In support of the above nomination I, ……….………………………………………………. also being a financial member of the DDVVMC hereby second the nomination Signed ………………..……………………………………….

Dated this ………… day of ……………2011

Received by the Club Secretary on ……/……/……… Signed ……………………………… _____________________________________________________________________ The rules and process for the election of Committee members is set out on the reverse of this form.

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The Management Committee of the Association shall consist of a President, VicePresident, Secretary, Treasurer, Dating Officer, Editor, Property Officer, Rally Director, Librarian, Workshop Supervisor, Membership Officer, Historian and Swap Chairman all of whom shall be members of the Association, and such number of other members as the members of the Association at any general meeting may from time to time elect or appoint.


At the annual general meeting of the Association, all the members of the Management Committee for the time being shall retire from office, but shall be eligible upon nomination for re-election.


The election of officers and other members of the Management Committee shall take place in the following manner: 1) 2)




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Any two members of the Association shall be at liberty to nominate any other member to serve as an officer or other member of the Management Committee; The nomination, which shall be in writing and signed by the member and his Proposer and Seconder, shall be lodged with the secretary at least fourteen days before the annual general meeting at which the election is to take place; A list of the candidates' names in alphabetical order, with the Proposers' and Seconders' names, shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the office or usual place of meeting of the Association for at least seven days immediately preceding the annual general meeting; Balloting lists shall be prepared (if necessary) containing the names of the candidates in alphabetical order, and each member present at the annual general meeting shall be entitled to vote for any number of such candidates not exceeding the number of vacancies; Should, at the commencement of such meeting, there be an insufficient number of candidates nominated, nominations may be taken from the floor of the meeting.

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ENJOY A WORK OF ART Louis Chenot has spent the past ten years building this 1/6 scale 35” long model 1932 SJ Duesenberg LaGrande dual-cowl phaeton. Not only does it look good, but the engine runs, the lights work, the top mechanism functions and the transmission and driveline are complete. Lou started his research on this project over fifty years ago with the purchase of a book and through the following years collected many drawings and studied a number of Duesenbergs while they were being restored, taking photos and recording dimensions. Here’s a shot of the finished car from the side on its specially made display table. The model weighs about 60 pounds. Lou’s 40 year career was spent as a mechanical engineer. In the 1960’s he spent 7 years restoring a vintage 1930 Cadillac convertible that was on the show circuit for years, but now he prefers to work on smaller projects in the comfort of his home shop. The bodywork is all metal, not fibreglass. Here is the car in Lou’s shop before the brass coachwork was primed or painted. Lou is not adverse to remaking a part that doesn’t meet his standards. He started over on the especially difficult brass radiator shell nine times. Most running models are built at larger scales like 1/3 or 1/4. Working in the smaller 1/6 scale magnifies the problems caused by miniaturizing certain parts. Remember that these scale parts are 1/6 as long, 1/6 as high and 1/6 as deep as real parts, making them 1/216th the volume of the original part. By comparison, a 1/3 scale model is 1/27th the volume and a 1/4 scale model is 1/64th the volume. Further complicating the prospect of building a running engine at that size is the fact that fuel molecules and electricity don’t scale. It is very difficult to get tiny carburettors and little spark plugs to work like the big ones. Inside the straight eight engine are all the correct parts custom machined to scale from steel, cast iron and aluminium. Even though there would be no way to tell once it is all assembled, the cylinder head shows that Lou didn’t cheat. The engine has 4 valves per cylinder - 32 total - just like the real one. Here is the head (before painting) with the camshafts in place - there are 16 lobes on each shaft. (The apparent curve of the upper shaft is caused by the camera’s wide angle lens.) The gears inside the differential will never be seen by anyone, but Lou cut them as actual hypoid gears like the real one rather than machining simpler bevel gears. The complicated convertible top mechanism is shown in the lowered position before the canvas top material was installed. Lou was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement award by the Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship in 2009. The model was nearing completion but the engine had not yet run. Now that the engine runs and the model is completed, Lou has been selected as the foundation’s “Metalworking Craftsman of the Year.” The award includes an engraved award medallion and a check for $2000.00. Lou is the 15th person to receive this coveted annual award. Because it is likely that this could well be the finest running model car ever built in this small a scale, Lou’s award this year will be presented as the “Craftsman of the Decade.” More can be seen on this car and some of Lou’s other projects at <www.CraftsmanshipMuseum. com/Chenot.htm>.

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YOU DO REMEMBER THIS! Last newsletter Ted Godfrey wrote about a 30/98 Vauxhall from Boomi, and pondered “Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder if that old Vauxy is still in that shed out at Boomi, or is it now the show piece in some millionaires collection.“ Hi David, Here are copies of the photos taken at the VCCQ concours held at Sherwood Park at Corinda in 1985. Hope they are good enough to use in the mag. This is the “Boomi” Vauxhall that Ted Godfrey was talking about. It is a 1920 E Type 30-98 Vauxhall with side valve engine, and is owned by a gent who restored it many years ago and lives at Ipswich near Brisbane, he also has an early M Type 14-40 Vauxhall as well. This car still looks as good today as it did then and had to be driven to higher ground to safety during the recent floods. Cheers James Meara.

A REQUEST FOR DAVID LIFFEN Possibly some of you have heard of this bridge, but while David is holidaying in Europe, he may get to this region of France. If so, we would love to get a photo and a report of what it feels like. Any chance, David? The Millau Viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hi David, I would like to relate an amazing little story of a very clever gentleman who later went on to build three more motor cars, one of which he drove for many years as his every day car. The story of his last two cars will probably come up in Captain Conrod’s column in Unique Cars magazine later. Around 1930 young John Yeager brought home to the family farm outside Coraki near Lismore, a 1923 twin cylinder Indian motor cycle. His parents were horrified and forbade him ever to ride the powerful machine out on the road. Not to be disheartened, and with his brain working in top gear, young John took the big bike down to the shed. He removed the front wheel, the forks, the handle bars, and the seat. He designed and built a subframe which he somehow attached to the bike frame ahead of the motor. To this he fitted a complete front axle, springs and steering assembly off what we believe to be some small British car. A drivers seat was then fitted to where the right foot rest used to be, beside the motor, and a passenger seat where the left foot rest used to be. A rather crude body made out of galvanized iron was fitted to the front of the vehicle with three little louvers on each side. Two covers were made to shield the rear wheel. Only one head light was ever fitted. What we have come to understand is the front brakes were never connected, relying solely on the bike’s rear wheel brake. The car never had a windscreen or front mudguards. Would have had a bit of trouble with rego these days! The vehicle was used for FIVE or SIX years and was regularly seen between Coraki and Lismore. It must have been fairly powerful, as many motorists of the day reported how they had been overtaken by this speed demon. When the motor finally expired, the car was towed home and pushed out into paddock where it laid for almost sixty years before being discovered by my friend, old car historian Graham Fitzgerald, who supplied the information and sketches for this story. Ted Godfrey,




Two of my cars have whitewall tyres and I think they give most cars a lift. Up until now, I haven’t cleaned them very often. On special occasions such as weddings, I have used an abrasive cleaner and a lot of time and effort. At the last Toowoomba Swap, I bought a 500 ml spray bottle of a product called Mr Whitewalls. It cost around $20. It works just like modern tyre cleaners - spray on - wait 30 seconds - wipe off. I’m very pleased with the result and will buy more when this bottle runs out. To order a bottle phone Jamie 0448 500 600 or maybe you will see him next year at the swap. He was on a site next to the road between village green and the cattle area.

I recently decided to upgrade the seat belts in my XP Falcon. As far as I’m aware, you can only buy black belts in Toowoomba and I prefer red to match the upholstery. I looked at the internet and found a company called HEMCO at Ballarat in Victoria. They have a very good website <> showing a large colour range as well as a variety of styles to suit many uses. I wanted a lap sash belt and the listed price was $77. On enquiry, I was told that the freight cost would be over $20 for two belts but I was also told that their agent in Toowoomba AVIATION BELTS AND HARNESSES at 2 Rutledge St would have them in stock. They didn’t but got them up for me within a week and there was no freight to pay. Hemco also had anchor mounts that comply with Australian standards.

Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy

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For sale 1928 Model A Tudor. Contact Allan 07 46154330 or 0418772114

Wanted ----------------------------------------------------------------------------Parts wanted for 1923 Vauxhall 23-60 Tourer: • CAV dim switch, oval in shape, push-pull switch in center • CAV switch panel, square in shape, has 3 switches on top for lights & CAV amp meter set below switches in its own panel - type 10A • CAV divers helment taillights • Windscreen brass fram • Water pump Any parts at all to do with these cars. Does anyone have a “Jacksons” Brisbane Agents for Vauxhalls Dealer Plate that I can photograph or borrow so I could get it reproduced? This item was fitted to the dash panel. Contact James Meara 07 4633 4206 ah ---------------------------------------------------------------------------1940-1948 Ford front brakes. 1940-1948 Ford rear end. Contact Greg Bowdler 07 4630 4990 or ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Governor to suit an automatic gearbox for 1960 MkII Ford Zephyr Contact John O’Hara 07 4632 8855 or 0428 891 645 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Timber 8” x 2”, prefer Tasmanian Oak Radiator cowl and front apron for 1929 Pontiac Contact Katie & Malcolm Burgess 0429 342 724 or --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Two front shockies to suit 1928 model A Ford. Contact Joe 07 4647 2424 or 0439 734 165 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For Sale ----------------------------------------------------------------------------Garmin GPS navigation system with USA maps installed. $50 Call Len Kennedy - Garden City Tyre Plus 07 4639 2244 or 0429 612 345 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------1983 W.B. Holden Ute 202 3.3l 4 sp. on the floor gearbox, Holly carby, good tyres,dragway wheels, tarp, towbar, c.d.player R.W.C. Call Des Ham 07 4633 5486 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chevrolet C20 early 1970’s 290 cubic inch six, 4 speed manual, dual rear wheels, crane mounted on tray, pipe racks, great tow vehicle. Spare engine. Call Pat 0407 302 633 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------1979 XD Falcon Sedan, Automatic, 176,000 kms, in excellent condition and mechanically sound, white in colour. RWC available. This car has had two owners, and I am reluctantly selling as I have run out of storage space. Call Bill on 0427 029567 or email for further information or to organise photos or inspection. Price reduced to $4500.00 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Small wind up bottle jack with brand name SHELLEY with handle $10.00 plus KLAXET by klaxon 6v horn working, made in London $80.00 Both items came out of a 1924 Rugby Bob Chapman ph 4635 9235 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------FB/EK Holden tinted windscreen, Model T wheel spanner. Contact Ray Dearling on 4635 5935 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mitsubishi Lancer, 1991, clean and tidy car; $750 Water blaster with 10hp Kohler motor; $550 Villiers petrol motor with belt drive water pump on frame; $150 1972 F250, 300ci motor, short wheel base with dual rear wheels; $1500 Tray, steel frame with timber floor; $550 Mags, alloy, suit HQ/HJ/HX/HZ/WB; $150 Bonnet suit HJ/HX/HZ Holden; $75 Tailgate suit XD/XE/XF Falcon ute; $150 Rear quarter panel to suit XR/XT Falcon wagon, NOS; $150 James Laird ph: 0417 075 819 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harold & Brenda Rose from Roma called past our workshop and spoke to Jeff about a range of machinery they have for sale. ph: 4622 1055 or m: 0428 224 133 if you want more details or need to make an offer. 1929 Rugby - both 4 and 6 cylinder motor, plenty of parts both mechanical & tin work. 6 cylinder rear tub 1929 Chev Tourer 60% complete Chev truck 60% complete 1925 - 27 two Chev utes - plenty of mechanical parts, 4 complete doors, 2 21” wheels 1927 96 Whippet - 4 wheels - good condition 1929 96A Whippet rear tub T Ford chassis, froont & rear mudguards, cowl, running boards, rear tub. No diff, engine, fron end. Gear box has stick shift? not original? 1948 - 50s Austin truck 95% Wooden tray 1940s Petrol Mack - rag hood - two of - one 95%, one 80% Stationary Engine - Wisconsin - 3 of engines, one with distributor, some with pumps

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COMING EVENTS June 5: Nobby Queensland Day celebrations

Our club has been invited to participate and a number of people have already committed. Entertainment includes a tea & damper morning tea at 9:30 and a camp oven roast lunch. It will most likely be a static car display, although there is the possibility of a drive around town on a treasure hunt.

November 5-6: GCAAC Autorama

Gold Coast Antique Auto Club’s Autorama Further enquiries from Autorama organisers, Coral and Graham Cogzell (07) 5534 5941 or The Secretary, Margaret Hession (07) 55241 338

June 11-13: RACQ QHMC rally

We have approximately 100 participants. All planning is coming together well, and there is a final planning committee meeting following the management committee meeting on Monday 6 June.

July 10: Original Gold Coast swap at Mudgeeraba Gold Coast Antique Auto Club’s annual swap at Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Cnr Mudgeeraba & Worongary Rds, Mudgeeraba. Free off street parking. Adult Entry $3; Outdoor sites $10 inc driver (no booking required). Lyn 0427 264 732; Email: Website:

July 16: Wind Up rally

Visit in and around historic Nobby. Organised by Brad McKeiver

August 13: DDVVMC Dinner Dance August 21: Petrol Consumption Rally

Are there Significant Events in Your Family?

Members — contact me if you have a family member or know of a fellow club member suffering a bereavement or celebrating a significant event, eg: birth, marriage or anything of note. Katie Burgess Our sympathy goes to Tom Harrington, whose mother passed away last week.

This year the rally will be open to anyone, as it will be advertised through the Historic Motoring Council. There will be a pizza and movie night on Saturday 20th prior to the rally proper on Sunday.


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‘Taree club visit’ If not claimed please return to Darling Downs Veteran & Vintage Motor Club Inc: PO Box 486, Toowoomba QLD 4350

Top: The backdrop of a beautiful sunset was probably lost on the admirers of this 38 Buick coupe from the Taree club.

Below: Enjoying the meal and a common interest. Thanking the club for its hospitality, Trevor Hoffman with the trophy.

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