Barn­aby to launch vin­tage Hin­kler car

Photos of re­stored ve­hi­cle em­bar­goed

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IT’S been called the “most sig­nif­i­cant Arm­strong Sid­de­ley restora­tion of its type in the world” by the Arm­strong Sid­de­ley Car Club of Aus­tralia.

A group of ded­i­cated ve­hi­cle en­thu­si­asts and pro­fes­sion­als have been beaver­ing away from dawn ’til dusk over the past three years, restor­ing the car that was loaned to Bert Hin­kler for the oc­ca­sion of his Tour of Tri­umph pro­ces­sion through the streets of Bris­bane on the March 6, 1928.

One slight in­ci­dent proved to be ad­van­ta­geous in pro­vid­ing au­then­tic­ity of the ve­hi­cle.

A panel was damaged by a po­lice horse dur­ing the street pa­rade, and the en­su­ing in­surance claim signed by Bert Hin­kler, as­sisted re­searchers in pro­vid­ing prove­nance of the ve­hi­cle with the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, Q1152, clearly dis­played on the car.

The ve­hi­cle was mod­i­fied and spent World War II on farm work and was left to de­te­ri­o­rate and fall apart.

The car was do­nated to the as­so­ci­a­tion by Thomas Smethurst of Bris­bane.

Fed­eral, state and coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives with other VIPs will be on hand for the his­toric un­veil­ing, to be led by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Trans­port Min­is­tor Barn­aby Joyce.

An em­bargo on pho­to­graphs of the re­stored ve­hi­cle is in place un­til the big re­veal, mak­ing it an event to be talked of through the years, just as the open­ing of Bert Hin­kler’s re-lo­cated English home was.

Bund­aber­gians will be able to wit­ness the amaz­ing re­vival af­ter the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony, via a spe­cial street pa­rade on March 3 along Bour­bong Street between the Bund­aberg Civic Cen­tre and Tan­titha Street at about 11.20 am.

It will in­clude other vet­eran and vin­tage cars from the Bund­aberg Vin­tage Ve­hi­cle Club and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Arm­strong Sid­de­ley Car Club of Aus­tralia, mak­ing quite a spec­ta­cle.

The Hin­kler House Me­mo­rial Mu­seum and Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion has so many peo­ple to thank for the amaz­ing feat of his­tor­i­cal com­mem­o­ra­tion.

The Bund­aberg Vin­tage Ve­hi­cle Club headed by Ian Pear­son and Ian Jef­feries and co-or­di­nated by Frank Smith of the as­so­ci­a­tion were re­spon­si­ble for what many peo­ple con­sid­ered im­pos­si­ble.

Many lo­cal com­pa­nies do­nated their pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise, in­clud­ing Bund­aberg Sand­blast­ing. Oth­ers in­clude Auswide Bank as the an­chor donor of the project.

The car will be a valu­able ad­di­tion on dis­play at the Hall of Avi­a­tion, mak­ing what is be­lieved to be the largest avi­a­tion mu­seum in the world ded­i­cated to a solo avi­a­tor.


HIS­TORY: Hin­kler’s Arm­strong Sid­de­ley be­fore restora­tion.

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