Crit­ten­dens break drive record

South Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Gille­spie tom.gille­spie @thechron­i­cle.com.au

A CEN­TURY af­ter Fred Ea­ger drove it from Bris­bane to Toowoomba in record time, Gra­ham Crit­ten­den brought his 1912 WillysOver­land back to the Gar­den City.

Last week the Kin­garoy car en­thu­si­ast and son Paul Adams drove the 106-year-old speed­ster and rally car from the Trea­sury build­ing in Bris­bane to the old post of­fice on Mar­garet St to com­mem­o­rate what was a new record at the time of two hours and seven min­utes.

Mr Crit­ten­den, who has owned “Whitey” for more than 50 years, said the car was re­stored for the oc­ca­sion.

“We re-re­stored it for this, (and) we were con­fi­dent it would make it,” he said.

“I bought it in 1966 and I ral­lied with it for years – I’ve driven it from Syd­ney to Mel­bourne.

“When it was first re­stored, they didn’t have a lot of in­for­ma­tion to go on, but we’ve been re­search­ing it and more in­for­ma­tion comes to light.

“It helps you to recre­ate the car the way it was.”

Fred Ea­ger’s fam­ily founded what even­tu­ally be­came AP Eagers, and his car was of­ten used for pro­mo­tional pur­poses in the early 20th cen­tury.

“It was prob­a­bly one of the best-known cars in Queens­land in the 1910s,” Mr Crit­ten­den said.

Dozens of peo­ple turned out to see the car roll in just af­ter noon.

Mr Crit­ten­den said he hoped the car re­mained in good con­di­tion to do the trip again in an­other 100 years.


VIN­TAGE: Paul Adams (left) and owner Gra­ham Crit­ten­den

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