While not a concours vehicle, it's in very good overall condition, having spent many years shedded in central Victoria as part of a museum collection. If you're wondering about the signage, 'Rawleigh's' are a firm that offer a range of health care and medicinal products, predominantly sold through agents in rural areas. Rawleigh's started 118 years ago and are still in business today. The orange and brown livery this T wears now is believed to be unchanged since it was used a Rawleigh agent's delivery truck in the 1930s. Have a look on the Rawleigh's website - www.rawleigh.com.au for another example of a past delivery vehicle and more information on the company. When we last caught up with Colin, the motor was out following a big end bearing failure. Colin hopes to have this rare T ready to go for the Centenary celebrations this September.
When we last caught up with the Centenary T Tour crew, they were about to cross the top end. Well, as you can see from the image below, they've been through the Northern Territory, have travelled down the west coast through Broome, Perth and Carnarvon and, after touring around individually for a few days, had just met up at Norseman for the journey back east as this issue went to press. Four T's are now left on the tour, as Richard Day and his 1915 C Cab, have returned to Sydney. The Amesbury's '27 T camper hit a snag in the form of a broken axle just outside of Gingin, WA. You may recall in the last tour update that the Amesbury's broke a crown wheel on the east coast near a town called Gin Gin - coincidence or what? Gary tells us they'll be giving any other towns of this name a wide berth for the rest of the trip! The Millers from the USA are continuing, even though their car has had some major setbacks.
The centre main is worn and has been filed to stop the knocking, but there are cracks in both number two and three cylinders from the valves. It is amazing how this car is still running but they just keep plodding along. The Wilsons in their 1925 Roadster have had some repairs done in Perth, a valve seat insert and a new timing gear which had made the car run a lot better and they are now touring the bottom end of W.A. While in the Top End, the Amesbury's caught up with Malcolm Douglas, and had a photo shoot with the veteran explorer and adventurer for their sponsor Engel Australia. Three of the T's also had the opportunity to join a camel train on Cable Beach (below). Still collecting for the Royal Flying Doctor, the T Tourers have noticed donations are smaller & fewer in the southern part of the country than up north where they are most needed. For further information on the Centenary T Tour, especially as the remaining T's approach the home stretch to Echuca, please go to www.centenary-t-tour.com