Wednesday, 19 February 2020

The Survivor of All Survivors

Thursday 19th February - 2020

I am always looking for vintage vehicles that are different and exciting to add to our very successful Cronulla Classic Car Show every year to keep the enthusiasm and interest as our top priority so that the many thousands of spectators keep coming back each year for more.


Well guess what? I have found that very special vehicle! This 1924 Graham Brothers 'Survivor of All Survivors' will scoop the field at this year's 6th Annual Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show to be held in Cronulla on Sunday 5th April, 2020.

Sporting its original 'Barn Find' condition this 1924 Graham Brothers 4-door
sedan was built in the US by the Graham Brothers, who were once known
for building rugged truck haulers and high-quality automobiles alike.

I have been very fortunate to attend many car shows throughout the world and trust me this vehicle is by far the best survivor that I have ever seen in all my travels, bar none.

I must advise you to; 'do yourself a favour' and wander down to our car show on the tiles of Cronulla Mall on Sunday 5th April, 2020 to see this 'Absolute Gem' of yesterday.

This week end I attended the 44th Berrima Rally in Mittagong that I have attended for the past 4-years. The Berrima Rally is now in its 44th year, an excellent display of all sorts of vehicles young and old. There are a few of the entrants there that also are kind enough to attend our Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show in Cronulla every year.

For most car enthusiasts, 'barn finds' hold an irresistible appeal.
Whether it’s the years of sleuthing, the unravelling of complex histories or
the thick layers of dust, there’s something riveting about
forgotten classics unearthed after decades of neglect.

When I drove my 1930 Model A Ford Special Delivery Van into the parking area in the Mittagong Public School grounds I noticed out of the corner of my eye this wonderful piece of memorabilia parked over to one side of the parking lot with crowds of people milling around it, I immediately thought that the organisers were giving away hot scones, jam and cream. I immediately jumped out of my vehicle and walked over to see what all the fuss was about.

To my absolute delight my eyes were cast upon this 'Survivor of all Survivors' as you can see by the photographs.

I just love survivors. You can spend thousands and thousands of $'s restoring old motor vehicles, however I would prefer an original vehicle any time to something that has been tricked up. 

The three Graham brothers envisioned when they set out to build a better truck.
The Evansville, Indiana, company rolled out its fledgling rigs in 1919, 
under the banner, 'Truck Builder.' They soon turned their
automotive skills to building cars as well.

You know in America that 'Survivor' vehicles command exorbitant prices. Everyone is looking for that one and only 'Barn Find'. Well let me tell you about this true 'Barn Find'.

While my tongue was hanging out and I was dribbling out of the corner of my mouth exploring every inch of this 'Gem' of a vehicle along with many, many other punters, l noticed an old friend just standing in the background, I had got to know this gentleman a few years ago on my first visit to the Berrima Show.

I walked over to say Hello and have a chat to him and asked him the obvious question "Do you know who owns this vehicle?" because I wanted to know more details about this amazing vehicle, his response was simply, "Yes, I do".

Consigned for decades in barn, this vehicle
was last registered in January 1959 (61-years ago).

My friend's name is Paul Shaw, I have written stories about Paul and his brother Peter previously on my blog because they also have other vehicles that they exhibit every year at the Berrima Rally in Mittagong. I wanted to know where on earth he had been hiding this car for the past couple of years.

Paul tells me that he discovered this magnificent 1924 Graham Brothers vehicle in a Farm Shed in Sutton Forest, NSW about 15-years ago. As you can see by the registration label on the windscreen this vehicle was last registered in January 1959 (61-years ago). The car is still a goer and they drove it off & on their car trailer, how good is that.

So my fellow car enthusiasts if you can find the time to visit Cronulla Mall on Sunday April 5th, which is now only 6-weeks away you will not be disappointed with the quality of the vehicles on display, your attendance also helps us raise funds for the Sylvanvale Foundation by donating a 'Gold' coin to help children and young people with a disability to learn new skills and continue to reach individual milestones. 

The Graham Brothers name began to blur in late 1924 when Graham became a
division of Dodge and Robert Graham was named director of the company’s
Commercial Car and Truck Division.

Stay tuned because I also have other stories of these very special vehicles that I can assure you will not see in any other car show in Sydney or Australia, this is what makes our show so popular and unique.

Grab your wife, children and friends and visit us in Cronulla Mall on Sunday April 5th, 2020 for a very good cause. The children are the ones that surprise me with our show, because they have never witnessed any thing like it before, most of today's young ones do not even know what a window winder looks like. Some of our exhibitors also allow the kids to sit in their very special cars and blow the 'Claxton' horns that really delights them all.

Looking forward to catching up with you all on the tiles of Cronulla Mall on Sunday 5th April, 2020.

Yours sincerely
Ken Warburton. (Event Custodian)



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