AFTER years of neglect the Casos family’s 1913 Model T Ford has been restored to its former glory and is preparing to hit the road this weekend.
The car will be the star of the show at the Veteran Car Club of Australia rally, which will include more than 30 veteran cars.
Current owner Paul Casos said the vehicle was manufactured in Detroit and began its life as one of Ipswich’s early motorised taxi cars.
It was taken off the road in 1922 and lay for 34 years under a house in East Ipswich.
Mr Casos said the vehicle came to the notice of his father Jim, a local veteran car enthusiast, who purchased it in 1956 and conducted the original restoration.
He said his family had taken part in numerous rallies throughout south-east Queensland until 1965 when his father’s debilitating health curbed their participation, including one in Redcliffe where entertainment was provided by a young up and coming group, the Bee Gees.
Following his father’s death in 1977, Mr Casos said the car remained untouched and slowly deteriorated until January 2009, when he acquired it and started restorations.
Mr Casos said the car had been specially restored to take part in the rally.
“It would mean a lot to my father having the car in the rally,” Mr Casos said.
“It will be an emotional experience having the car back on the road again.”
Mr Casos said his father had been a founding member of the Veteran Car Club of Australia (Queensland) in 1956.
He said the Ford had been his pride and joy.
“This Ford meant everything to him,” Mr Casos said.
“He was away during the war years and after the wars this was his hobby when he got back.
“It was unusual in those days to collect veteran cars.”
The event is being organised by the Veteran Car Club of Australia (Queensland) and the Model T Ford Owners group of Queensland, with cars from local and interstate clubs represented.
The public is invited to view the cars tomorrow at Queens Park from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, when the drivers will be dressed in their period finery for an afternoon high tea.
The cars can also be viewed at Rosewood on Sunday from noon to 1pm and at Browns Park, North Ipswich on Monday from 8am.
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