Expect the unexpected. More members are finding out how interesting the Lincoln Auto Club’s program is, as 100 people with classic cars and eager desires, turned up to find out what was hidden away in sheds around Port Lincoln.
The day started with greet and meet at Lincoln Caravans with hot coffee and a run down for the forthcoming day’s plan of events. Sponsors were thanked for their kind generosity, namely Hazeal, Newman and Associates, and Eyre Fuels.
It was soon it was time to congregate at Wayne Smith’s shed to be greeted by our host Wayne, and welcomed into a “time warp”, as there in all its bare glory, laid a 1927 426 Series Packard “Senior” undergoing a full restoration. With one year’s work being behind him, Wayne explained the trials and triumphs of obtaining the “Bonnie and Clyde” gangster looking vehicle. My mind wandered to the era when such a car would have been in, and the people who rode in such, as the roaring 20’s had a wealth of stories to tell.
Wayne explained he was in a unique position of being retired and able to work full time on his project, even though about 2 more years are expected before completion. It is also therapy for Wayne as he had a life changing event due to a health issue. Help from several friends and talented restorers were mentioned, with Wayne thinking, “Who can I turn to for this?”, and listening to their wise advice and help at times.
At the original Packard factory two separate workforce people were employed. Only the more experienced where allowed to work on the high quality vehicles, particularly the “Senior” model. At the time of production, a model A Ford sold for US$500, whilst a Packard sold for some US$2,600! The shiny nickel headlights and other nickel parts looked dazzling and were made before chrome plating was introduced to motor vehicles. The interior above the chassis and door frames plus hood were formed in wood, with steel used for strengthening.
It will certainly be a unique vehicle within our Club, and something to look forward to on the streets of Port Lincoln.
Wayne was thanked for his hospitality and acknowledged for his dedication to such a project that still has many hours (years) of work before completion.
Travelling on for a BBQ at Hagen and Bernie Zerk’s shed proved an eye opener with so many various Fords, Fords, and Fords. The one which caught my eye was a 1973 XA GT Hardtop in Orange. It reminded me of my Orange VH Pacer I once had in 1973. I know we all have a story to tell about what might have been but they were fun days then, and we still like looking at the survivors.
President Rick welcomed everyone and with a lot of visitors present the fuel voucher ticket was drawn. LIz Trigg being the lucky recipient of a $50 Eyre Fuels voucher which should keep her Morris Minor Tourer going for a while!.
The lunch was a spread of steak, snags, and hamburgers cooked once again by Geoff Phillips and his helpers, with an array of salads to feast upon. Hagen finished the day off with a look-alike demo of his father Peter’s, Cortina V8 of the 1960s era. Memories of that car are still with me. It was a walk down memory lane by all of us. Another great day enjoyed by all, topped off by plenty of food and friendship.
Report contributed by Andrew Brooks.
(Editor: Thanks once again Andrew)