Couple adds new lease of life to classic Dodge hearse
AMONG all the gleaming, high-power hot rods at Seaforth on the weekend was one notable black duck.
It was a not-so shiny, but equally fascinating, vintage hearse. The black 1951 Dodge Custom Kingsway is owned by Deidre Turner from Eton who was just as proud as any of the Corvette or Camaro owners.
"I love my car," Ms Turner said.
"We found it at Walkerston two years ago. It was covered in mattresses under a house.
"When a friend rubbed off the dust from the side window to reveal the last time it was registered, I just had to have it."
The intriguing vehicle, with church style windows and a crank shaft to lift the coffins in the back, was last registered in December 1970, the same year and month Ms Turner was born.
She thinks the hearse started its life at the Surry Hills Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church in Sydney. From there it ended up at Gilgrandra in New South Wales where Walkerston resident Betty Harvey found it 22 years ago and has had it stored ever since.
"We checked the oil and water and then it started straight away," Ms Turner said.
Ms Turner and her partner Matt Taylor are restoring the vehicle to bring it up to the shiny standard the 100 or so other vehicles were on the weekend at the Seaforth Rods, Classics and Customs Weekend.
Organising committee member Dave Moy said the event, in its fourth year, attracted an estimated crowd of 2000 over the weekend.
"The objective is to provide an opportunity for people to show off their cars while we can show off beautiful Seaforth," Mr Moy said. "It is also a great chance for local groups to do a bit of fundraising."
The overall show winner was Cleave Williams from Emerald with his 57 Chev Belair.