Dad’s restora­tion com­pleted

Vaux­hall a trib­ute to late father

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Grab the My Ride poster in­side to­day’s Mo­tor­ing

HOWARD Ken­ward lov­ingly re­stored his 1919 D-Type Vaux­hall over 15 years but never had the chance to drive the ol’ girl or hear her run.

But he did get a ride on her at his funeral.

The Vaux­hall is now owned by the Ken­ward fam­ily brothers Ge­off, Mike and Chris who com­pleted the ve­hi­cle’s restora­tion in the years fol­low­ing their father’s death.

“This is a con­course-win­ning ve­hi­cle that is pe­riod-cor­rect in ev­ery as­pect,” Michael said.

“The King­ton open tourer body was built by Howard Ken­ward, skinned in alu­minium and painted by Body­craft in Caloun­dra, trimmed in leather by Lance Todd to orig­i­nal de­tail.

“In pro­duc­tion from 1912 to 1922, 4000 were built but only 29 re­stored and un­re­stored ve­hi­cles sur­vive to­day in the world.

“King Ge­orge V trav­elled to the Western Front in the First World War in a D Type Vaux­hall Staff Car.”

Here’s Michael’s My Ride Q&A: 1 Are you a vintage/vet­eran or lat­est model lover? Vet­eran and vintage. Def­i­nitely older ve­hi­cles, cars or bikes.


What was your first car or mo­tor­bike?

My car was a 1970 Ford Capri V6 GT.

My bike was a 1982 Yamaha YZ 490J.

3 How much did it cost? $1600 in 1982.

4 What is your fond­est mem­ory of a car?

A 1912 Cross­ley from Bris­bane to Can­berra.

5 What is your cur­rent ve­hi­cle?

A 1919 D-Type Vaux­hall.

6 What do you love about it?Driv­ing her and mem­o­ries.

7 How long have you had the car and where was it sourced?

In the fam­ily since 1974. It came from Muckadilla, Queens­land, which is west of Roma. 8 Tell us about what’s un­der the metal and are there any mod­i­fi­ca­tions?

A 4.2-litre, four-cylin­der fixed-head side valve that is pe­riod-cor­rect.

9 What makes your car so spe­cial?

Mem­o­ries and all the time that’s been spent on the restora­tion.

10 How of­ten do you drive your car?

As of­ten as pos­si­ble.

11 Mostly plea­sure and per­sonal use or busi­ness? Plea­sure.

12 Does it have a name?

“Wife’s Com­pe­ti­tion”.

13 Do you work on your own car or get it main­tained at a garage/by the man­u­fac­turer/spe­cial­ists?

All in-house restora­tion ex­cept for panel, paint and trim: 17 years in the mak­ing.

14 What will your next car/ bike be?

I just bought an orig­i­nal 1946 Ariel mo­tor­cy­cle. I could not help my­self. Many more to come.

15 If you could buy any ve­hi­cle in the world, what would it be?

An orig­i­nal Ford GT 40 race-pre­pared.

Photo: John McCutcheon

TRIB­UTE TO DAD: The 1919 D-Type Vaux­hall owned by Michael Ken­ward (above) and his brothers Chris and Ge­off.

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