Joe Van Der Hulst fixes up his Chevrolet.
Joe Van Der Hulst fixes up his Chevrolet.

Joe's 1932 Chev a labour of love

JOE Van Der Hulst found his 1932 Chevrolet sitting under a tree at a Wheatvale property.

Apparently it had sat in the paddock for 34 years and was in a pretty poor state of repair.

Mr Van Der Hulst got the car for his son, undeterred by the mountain of work involved in getting it running again.

He said it was missing wheels, the front axle, a radiator, motor and gearbox.

As it sits in his Warwick garage today, the vehicle has come a long way and Mr Van Der Hulst said he’s not much left to do to have it up and running for this month’s Warwick 150th anniversary celebration.

As part of the festivities the Warwick Veteran and Vintage Vehicle Club will put on a static display on Albert St.

From Mick Bradford’s heavy horses and carts to a 1920s Pontiac, visitors will have the chance to gaze on all sorts of modes of transport from yesteryear.

The motorcycle club is also planning to take part in the show.

And Mr Van Der Hulst is encouraging those with some hidden gems to come forward and participate in the display.

“I know there are a lot of old vehicles around Warwick.

“Sometimes people don’t want to go in parades and things because they are too slow and their engines get too hot,” he said.

“However, this is a static display, so hopefully more people will take part.”

Mr Van Der Hulst is hoping his Chevrolet will be ready in time for the display.

He just has a petrol tank, battery and radiator to fit.

“The shock absorbers are on and the brakes are working,” he said.

Built in 1932, the car is quite rare as not many cars were built during the Depression.

He said a fellow club member would also be set to put on quite a show.

At 86-years-old, the Warwick Veteran and Vintage Vehicle Club’s oldest member has a Pontiac from the 1920s.

Though he’s battling to keep a hold of his license, the Pontiac should be on show that day.

The static display will be held on May 29 on Albert St as part of a packed program of Warwick 150th anniversary activities.

If you have a vintage vehicle you would like to display in the Albert St demo call Mr Van Der Hulst on 4661 5959.



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