Veteran Car Rally in Wilcannia 30th March
Elaine and Andrew Lever spent 30 years on “Marrapina” Station, north of Broken Hill. Their restored 1928 Ford Roadster, was down to the chaise when they were on “Marrapina” and their 2 sons put an old car seat on it and used it for a bit of fun. Since retiring to the Clare Valley Andrew has spent 2 years fully restoring the car.
Anne and Murray I’Anson have restored their 1928 Phaeton, it taking them about 2 years. Both couples are on their way to the Modal A rally in Queensland.
On the 30th of this month, Wilcannia can expect to see a number of old cars and bikes who are on a re-enactment of the first crossing of Australia by a motor vehicle in 1912 by the Veteran Car Club of Australia.
The first trip, 4,100 kms (2,584 miles) was undertaken by Syd Ferguson and Francis Birtles in a 1910 Brush.
The Brush was a single cylinder 10hp car, and even though for long stretches such as Coolgardie to Ceduna there were no roads, only broke down a couple of times. Frank (Francis) had cycled across Australia 7 times before joining Syd and mascot “Rex”, a bull-fox terrier. By the end of the trip Syd and Frank were not talking to each other.
They passed through Wilcannia on Easter Monday, April 8th, 1912 “in a hurricane of dust”. 1912 had a dry start here with only 141 points (32 ml) of rain from 1st January that year.
Update - Friday 30th
The owners of the Brush (see below) that made the original journey across Australia (see photo right), were in Wilcannia enjoying a meal. More details soon.