Largest Private Ford Collection

This is a short video about what was supposedly the largest private Ford collection in the world, prior to it being broken-up and sold in 2018.  The collection was put together by Dutchman Piet den Hartogh after buying his forst Ford in 1956.  Fifty years later, he had 250 cars.  Piet died in 2011 and his collection went to auction after being open to the public for nearly 30 years.

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How Alex Kirkwood restored a 1915 basket case Ford in the 1970’s.

The Restoration of a 1915 Ford in the 1970’s

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2015 Mandalay Rally

by Carolyn Anderson of the Hawkes Bay Model A Club in New Zealand

2015 Road To Mandalay Rally

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2013 Peking to Paris Rally in a Model A

by Roger Anderson of the Hawkes Bay Model A Club in New Zealand

2013 Peking to Paris Rally

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1928 Phaeton for Sale

Alan Porter is selling his Model A:
Everyone knows it as Bennys car as he refurbished it
All pics and description is on Gumtree
Only car that club has full history
It has new tyres all round incl spare, new battery and cooling system done up recently
A RHD Canadian import sold in Northam to an accountant

ph: 0458 806 807

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Wes Hartley wins MAFCA Director’s Literary Award for 2019

Wes Hartley’s write-up of the Te Anau NZ National Rally that appeared in the Sept-Oct issue of The Restorer has won the 2019 MAFCA Director’s Literary Award.

Congratulations Wes – truly a fantastic achievement.

Wes’s article is attached below.

MAFCA – New Zealand Rally – The Restorer – Ps17-19 – Sept-Oct 2019

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Wanted: left hand front guard

Wanted – left front guard for 30-31 Model A. No spare wheel well.
Contact Hans Hurij, 0472 700 635

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Dash & tyres for sale

As-new Dash Panel (for an oval speedo) for sale- $40

2 Dunlop 5.25 x 21 Dunlop tyres, used, good for spares – $20ea

Phil Rebe, Mt Lawley, 9271 1018

 

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Mid-west run day 5 (and last)

After a leisurely breakfast at The Old Convent in Dalwalinu, the group travelled a very short distance indeed to the farm right next door. The owner of the farm (the sprightly, 80+ year-old Jim) proudly showed us his fantastic collection of windmills. He has them in 2 huge, brand-new sheds built just to house the windmills. He is obviously quite a craftsman because often the restored windmill was accompanied by a photgraph of the original piece of junk he started with. The variety of designs from both Australia and the USA was quite amazing.

Time was getting-on by the time we left Dalwalinu, so a change of route was decided and we just came home the shortest way – straight down Great Northern Highway (probably to the annoyance of quite a few truckies!). We stopped for lunch in New Norcia where everyone said their goodbyes as people would start to disperse as they got closer to their homes in Perth (and Northam).


A double-header windmill than Jim re-created just from photographs


we could have listened to Jim’s tales of windmills and farming for quite a time


Jim talking to the group


one of the first patented windmills from the late 1800s


more windmills


a small part of the collection, with Ross admiring a particularly attrractive wooden-sailed model


the cars outside one of the windmill sheds


a few club members admiring Jim’s 1912 Darracq


we were forced to pull over and stop for this load to come past (a base for a very large crane I suspect)

the last day’s drive

the total trip (blue=day 1, green=day 2, blue=day 3, red=day 4, purple=day 5)

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Mid-west run, day 4

Today we drove from Dongara to Dalwallinu. The weather wasn’t as hot as expected and most cars ran well with one exception – and that wasn’t mine (The Fowlers had manifold gasket and starter motor problems).
We back-tracked eastwards out to Mingenew again, then via Morawa, Perenjori and Wubin to Dalwallinu. We met with Horace & Jean in Morawa and they told us of a spot near Perenjori with some great wreath flowers in an old gravel pit – so we called in there on the way.
At Wubin, we visited the Wheat Bin Museum with a great display of wheat handling history in a 1939 wheat bin, plus old cars, tractors and other assorted stuff.
We stayed in The Old Convent guest house in Dalwallinu – except a few couples got “dongas” – which wasn’t all bad because you got your own en-suite. Before dinner, we were taken by mini-bus into town to watch a live performance by a keyboard and trumpet duo in the town amphitheatre (which was very good).
Home tomorrow.

stopped for roadworks
wreath flowers
The Old Convent guesthouse at Dalwalinu
Today’s travels
The trip so far
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