Whiteman Park is a beautiful place and just the area alone would be an attraction for me, but it seems to hosts a lot of events and always seems to have an emphasis on children. Last weekend though, they held the Classic Car show.
The largest display of collectible vehicles can be seen at the Classic Car Show which caters for a wide range of motoring enthusiasts in Western Australia. Each year the show attracts around 1 000 cars and over 20 000 spectators to Whiteman Park.
Now as far as my interest in cars go, I am very limited. But John likes classic cars and I like the whole retro thing, so we planned to go to this.
Now, I do like to take photos, but half the time, I really didn’t know what I was taking photos of, although John was good to explain a lot.
In 1955, the first Chamberlain Champion Model Tractor rolled off the production line at the Chamberlain factory in Welshpool, WA. It was a special Tractor however, as the final drive gearing had been modified to enable a top speed of some 60 mph to be attainable. The purpose of the higher speed was for promotional activities, the first of which was to follow the cars competing in the 1955 Redex Reliability Trial, on the Darwin to Perth section. Many competitors were assisted by the Tractor, particularly through the sandy sections around Pardoo.
The Tractor was then engaged in promoting the model to the farming community and taking part in various field demonstrations throughout the State.
Along came the 1956 Redex Reliability Trial and the Chamberlain Tractor repeated its previous role with similar success. Then back to the field demonstrations, country shows and working trials on various farming properties.
In 1957, the Mobilgas Round Australia Rally was the target for the Tractor’s next venture. An application for the Tractor to enter as a competitor was not accepted by the organizers, however their invitation to participate as the official sweep vehicle was accepted by Chamberlains.
The 22nd August 1957 saw the Tractor, together with a Ford Custom support vehicle and a crew of six, ready to tackle the course around Australia. As the sweep vehicle, all other competitors’ cars had to leave the checkpoint before the Tractor was allowed to commence the next section.
There were many occasions where the arrival of the Tractor enabled a competitor to be towed into a check point or town for repairs, thus enabling them to continue in the Rally. There were other occasions where the tow simply meant the car and crew were in a town rather than stranded on some remote country road.
It wasn’t too long before the Tractor had gained an enviable reputation for assisting unfortunate competitors and earned the nickname of “Tail End Charlie”.
The Rally was officially 10,632 miles (17,000 klms), however with towing and other recovery trips Tail End Charlie clocked 11,140 miles (18,000 klms), all in just 19 days.
An interesting tractor to say the least.
So, we were determined to find a Chevrolet Deluxe at the Car show.
So this was a few photos of the Whiteman Park Classic Car show, there were so many more. A lovely day out and we ran into Graham who was there with his Holden as well. John said it was the earliest he ever arrived to the car show and the latest he ever stayed and we still likely didn’t see everything.