IN SPIRIT: Len and Rosemary Kennedy have the period costumes to go with their Model-T Ford.
IN SPIRIT: Len and Rosemary Kennedy have the period costumes to go with their Model-T Ford. Kevin Farmer

Century-old Model T Ford the star of vintage car collection

CAR collecting is like a drug for Toowoomba vintage car enthusiast Len Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy, who has 16 restored and partially restored vintage cars in his collection, said he suspected his addiction took over after he got a red pedal car at the age of two.

His Model-T Ford is currently the star of the show - Mr Kennedy and his wife Rosemary were recently presented with its 100 Year medal from the Association of Veteran Car Clubs in Australia.

The car was made on October 5, 1915 in Canada and was originally sold on the Darling Downs to the McNamaras of Southbrook.

Mr Kennedy said it was found being used as a fowl roost on a Southbrook farm and was covered in fowl droppings.

It had also been made into a ute.

Nev Dorman was the next owner of the vehicle. Mr Kennedy said Mr Dorman restored it with John Pampling in 1963.

There was a second, sister car for Mr Pampling to drive, but Mr Pampling died unexpectedly and the car was left incomplete.

Mr Kennedy and his wife, wanting to have a "veteran" car, bought the Model-T in September, 1982 at an estate auction after Mr Dorman died.

It wasn't until 1999 that Mr Kennedy got to work on restoring the vehicle for his daughter's wedding.

"I took it down to the four wheels and a chassis and built it up from there," Mr Kennedy said.

All in all, it took him only four-and-a-half months to complete.

"It was registered the day before the wedding," Mrs Kennedy said.

"He was still putting finishing touches on it on the day."

Mr Kennedy said the car was a regular attendee at various rallies around the area and had been featured in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Grand Central Floral Parade several times.

The couple also gets right into the spirit of the car rallies and they have several period costumes.

Mrs Kennedy said if her husband got the cars she wanted the outfits to go with them.



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