COMMENCING last Sunday, July 14, a great range of rare and interesting ‘Bygone British Marques’ will rise to prominence at Maffra’s Gippsland Vehicle Collection (GVC).
Taking over from the current exhibition, Lost American Brands, the new display was launched with an impressive line-up including a 1956 Commer TS3 Prime Mover, a David Brown 2D Tool Carrier Tractor, a 1962 Sunbeam Rapier Sports, a 1946 RACV Bedford Tow Truck, a 1926 Singer Tourer, a Humber Vogue Sedan and a 1962 Daimler Dart.
John Ward of Metung, has had his 1956 Commer TS3 Prime Mover – known as a Commer Knocker for the distinctive noise it makes when running, for around 25 years, and has been using it throughout that time to carry his collection of old tractors to various tractor pulls.
“It’s not a toy. It’s taken tractors to Cootamundra, Yass, Sea Lake and the Peninsula, just to name a few places. It’s been a working vehicle its whole life,” Mr Ward says.
The truck was initially used to transport crates of Weeties into the city from the factory where they were produced, then it was moved to Buchan South where it was used to cart timber.
Since Mr Ward purchased the Commer Knocker, it’s had two motors in it, the latest of which has been completely rebuilt.
“The motor that’s in it now had been used to pump water but I refurbished it.
“This truck has had lots of things happen to it in its life, including breaking down in all sorts of places,” Mr Ward says.
“It wasn’t so well suited to its second life of carting logs because it is so long and it was hard to manoeuvre on the logging tracks.”
Apart from using the Commer Knocker to transport tractors, Mr Ward drove it on the popular Crawlin’ the Hume Rally, and it will now be housed at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection and Model World Maffra for your viewing pleasure for the next four months, from Sunday July 14 until the end of October.
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection is open from 10am to 4pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
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