Show un­earths Chevro­let gem

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Bob Ri­ley

COUN­TRY agri­cul­tural shows and re­gional car and truck shows of­ten turn up some real gems from our transport past.

One such gem on dis­play at the April Goom­bungee Haden Show was this orig­i­nal 1926 Chevro­let Su­pe­rior K seen here.

It was orig­i­nally owned by broth­ers Dick and Ge­orge Ked­ing, who farmed in the Goom­bungee dis­trict.

They bought it as a tourer and ap­par­ently used it as the fam­ily car.

Some­time in the 1940s they con­verted it into a ute and used it as a farm ve­hi­cle.

Among its reg­u­lar duties were trips from the Ked­ing farm into Goom­bungee, Crows Nest, Toowoomba and Oakey, cart­ing not only farm and house­hold sup­plies but also calves and pigs to and from the live­stock mar­kets.

Af­ter the Ked­ing broth­ers passed on, the sur­viv­ing fam­ily de­cided to sell up.

On the day of the clearing sale, cur­rent owner, and the Ked­ing’s for­mer neigh­bour John McPhail, fondly re­mem­bers, as a Year 7 pupil at the Goom­bungee State School, see­ing the Chev be­ing driven off, com­plete with the tourer’s tub body­work loaded on.

In the early 1990s, some 23 years since John McPhail had heard any­thing about the ’26 Chev, a chance en­counter with a fel­low mem­ber of the Toowoomba Car Club, brought about a re­union.

John asked his fel­low club mem­ber for the “right to make the first of­fer” if ever it was de­cided to sell the ve­hi­cle.

In 1993, John’s of­fer was taken up and he be­came just the third owner of the ute.

It had re­mained un­touched since the sec­ond owner pur­chased it as he felt it was “too good to use for spares”.

John’s pur­chase brought not only the ute but also its orig­i­nal tourer tub body work, a set of new king-pins and other spares as well as a tobacco tin that con­tained the Chev’s last reg­is­tra­tion papers, a petrol ra­tion cer­tifi­cate from 1947 and sev­eral orig­i­nal petrol ra­tion coupons.

A fam­ily get-to­gether with the late Ge­orge Ked­ing’s two daugh­ters pro­duced a lot of anec­dotes and sev­eral ex­pla­na­tions such as “what were the cir­cu­lar marks in the paint and panel of the pas­sen­ger’s side door”.

They came from the girls’ push­bikes when they were given a lift to or from school in the ute.

But the jewel from this meet­ing came when one of the daugh­ters gave John the Chev’s orig­i­nal ig­ni­tion key. It’s still in use. The ute hasn’t been re­stored, just keep in good run­ning, reg­is­tered or­der.

It’s one con­ces­sion to moder­nity, per­haps be­ing the set of nec­es­sary turn in­di­ca­tor lights that sit fairly un­ob­tru­sively at the front and rear of the Chev.

In the tem­po­rary ab­sence of its owner, this Big Rigs story was com­piled from the story book that ac­com­pa­nied the Chev on dis­play at the Goom­bungee Haden Show.

IN­SIDE: In­side the 1926 Chevro­let Su­pe­rior K.

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