Thursday, 28 February 2019

Why this '29 AA Ford Truck is nick-named Hoover...

Our Event Director, Ken Warburton, has had some nifty advertising signs made up for the latest acquisition into to his 'car family' - nick-named 'Hoover' - the vehicle is a rare, dual rear-wheeled 1929 AA Ford Truck.

Ken Warburton's 1929 AA Ford Truck that
once worked on the Hoover Dam in the early '30s.

With 6-weeks to go now until the Sylvanvale Pre-WWII Car Show day on Sunday the 14th April, 2019. We will be strategically positioning this truck in high profile locations around the Sutherland Shire to build awareness for our upcoming Show.

The truck is nick-named 'Hoover' because this truck and many like it, were used to construct the Hoover Dam between 1931 and 1936 on the Colorado River on the state line between Nevada & Arizona.

Keep your eyes peeled for this rolling '30s billboard
around the Sutherland Shire

Ken acquired the truck on July 4th, 2018 in the US and went through the lengthy process of having the truck certified to be clear of asbestos and imported the vehicle into Australia late last year to meet all Australian Border Force import requirements.

The historic truck is now accumulating plenty of side-ways glances on the Australian roads and as it springs back into working life once again - 88-years after it rolled off the assembly line of the Ford Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

So keep your eyes peeled for our rolling promotional signage and of course the truck itself will be on display in Cronulla for the 5th Sylvanvale Pre-WWII Car Show day in Cronulla on Sunday the 14th April, 2019.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Ex-'30s UK racing Studebaker to join our Show

On the weekend of the 16-17th February, our Event Director, Ken Warburton participated in the 43rd Berrima District Historic Vehicle Club Rally, during which he managed to catch up John and Jan Grant.

This magnificent Burgundy 1929 Studebaker President Eight
raced in the 1930s at Brooklands in the UK.

John & Jan Grant are the owners of this is wonderful vehicle in these photos. The vehicle is a 
Burgundy, 1929 Studebaker President Eight. (Rego BL 1212).

The Grants have personally assured Ken that they, and the car will be attending our Car Show on Sunday 14th April in Cronulla. 

Commencing as a coach-builder in 1852 - when Stuebaker manufactured their
last car in 1966, they had been in business for 114 years.

John informs us that this and other identical vehicles were raced at the famous Brooklands Motor Racing track in the UK. Brooklands was a 2.75-mile Motor racing circuit & aerodrome built near Weybridge in Surrey, England, United Kingdom, opened in 1907 featuring a 30ยบ banked track.

The Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit (or race track) was the brainchild of Hugh F. Lock King, & was the first purpose-built, banked Motor racing circuit in the world.

Studebakers were built by the Studebaker Brothers in
South Bend, Indiana

This car has the same strong engine that Studebaker raced at Indianapolis in the 1930s.

The President Eight, which was known for being spacious, stylish and powerful, was Studebaker's top-of-the-line model for 1929. Over 100 speed and endurance records, some which stood for more than thirty years, were set by the Studebaker President series.

How lucky we will be to have the pleasure of this exceedingly scarce vehicle being exhibited on the tiles of Cronulla Mall on Sunday April 14th for our 5th Annual Sylvanvale Pre-WWII Car Show.

Don’t miss out the chance to see this rare and historic beauty in person.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Rare 1938 Ford Truck to debut at this year's Show

At this past weekend's 43rd Berrima District Historic Vehicle Club Rally, I managed to catch up with Stephen & Tanya Chalker-Holz & their son Mitchell.

What a pleasure & honour it was to talk to Tanya about the history of their very rare 1938 Ford 2½ ton truck. This Ford Classic, is renowned for it’s unique shaped grill, which is often referred to as a “beer barrel” grill.

Manufactured by Ford in Windsor, Canada, assembled in Australia during WWII
and pressed into service with the Australian Army.
This truck has been in the hands of the Chalker-Holz family
since 1946.

The Australian Government purchased 500 of these trucks from the Ford Plant located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada for the war effort. These vehicles arrived in Australia in a knocked down form & the Ford plants here in Australia re-assembled these vehicles to Australian Army requirements.

After the war, the Australian Government couldn’t afford to bring these vehicles home, so they were mostly left in the theatres of war in which they operated, like Africa & New Guinea.

After the end of World War II, in 1946, Tanya’s Grandfather attended an Army Auction in Goulburn, NSW where all surplus military vehicles were being auctioned off. You had to be a Primary producer to put your name down in the ballot to be eligible to purchase a vehicle.

Tanya’s Grandfather elected to put his name down for a truck & this is what he received.

This rare 1938 Ford 2½ ton truck is a family heirloom and has
been in the Chalker-Holz family for the last 76-years.

For many years this vehicle worked on the family farm & later was used as the local fire truck in their district until 1965, then tucked away in a shed on Tanya’s Grandparents farm in Mittagong.

Then in 1999 they brought the truck home to Gosford, to 
where the Chalker-Holz family now live, where the embarked upon a 10-year restoration 

By now Tanya’s father was in his 80s (a carpenter by trade) did all the timber work to return this vehicle to its former glory. Restored to factory specifications, including the original paint colour. The timber used in the restoration: The flatbed tray is constructed of WA Jarrah, and the Toolbox & Headboard are made of Redwood.

Since its restoration in 2010 this master piece has driven over 30,000 miles (48,000 kms) to Adelaide, Brisbane, Victoria & appeared in several movies including Hacksaw Ridge directed by Mel Gibson in 2016.

Before Tanya’s fathers death he was able to see his father's truck in this movie on the BIG screen. Tanya’s Dad just shook his head & could not believe that his father's farm truck & the truck he learnt to drive in as a 15-year-old was now in a Hollywood movie.

Restored to factory specifications, including the original paint colour.
The timber used in the restoration: The flatbed tray is constructed of WA Jarrah,
and the Toolbox & Headboard are made of Redwood.

Stephen & Tanya were telling me that their son Mitchell will eventually inherit this truck which he is very proud of. So it certainly looks like this automotive relic from another era will stay in the loving hands of the Chalker-Holz family for a 4th generation.

Now the best news about to come... 

The Chalker-Holz family have assured me that their pride & joy (this unique 1938 Ford Truck) will be on exhibition at Cronulla for our 5th Sylvanvale Pre-WWII Car Show on Sunday April 14th, 2019 to help raise much needed funds for the Sylvanvale Foundation to support people with disabilities to reach their potential.


As the event organiser I am delighted that 20,000+ Motor Enthusiasts will be able to enjoy this very, very special part of history right here on the tiles of Cronulla Mall on Sunday, April 14th, 2019.

See you there,

Ken Warburton

Monday, 11 February 2019

Slight changes to 2019 Event timings....

Hi folks, we are just fine tuning our event details for our grand, one-day Show scheduled for Sunday 14th April, 2019 in Cronulla.

Please note that our timings for the day event have changed slightly.

The Show commences at 9:00am and begins to wrap-up from 3:00pm. 

So make sure you plan your visit to Cronulla during that 6-hour window to take best advantage of all the magnificent cars on display in our two separate locations: both in the Cronulla Mall and in Peryman Square down on North Cronulla beach.

The event is presented by Sylvanvale and proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire Council.