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Zimbabwean Chevy rediscovered

1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
This 1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery has recently been uncovered in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, after having been stored for nearly 40 year. It is covered in many decades of dirt, but it has cleaned up very nicely and the body work is sound, with only some surface rust. It is being made ready for the road, but the paintwork is being left as it is, with a lovely original patina. The lucky new owner is Dave Gill of Bulawayo. The vehicle once belonged to 1961 Double World Motorcycle Champion in the 350cc and 500cc class, on MV Augusta's, in 1961, Gary Hocking and this was his daily transport when he was home in Bulawayo. Hocking was deeply affected by the death of his friend,Tom Phillis at the 1962 Isle of Man TT and after winning the Senior TT event, he announced his retirement from motorcycle racing and returned to Rhodesia. He felt motorcycle racing was too dangerous and decided a career in auto racing would be safer. Later that year, on the 22nd of December he was killed during practice for the 1962 Natal Grand Prix at the Westmead circuit. His car was a Rob Walker entered Lotus 24. Unfortunately, as a 15 year old boy, I was at that circuit during that practice and when his car did not pass by on what should have been his next lap and I could see a dark cloud of smoke rising up behind a rocky outcrop, I knew that he had crashed. Only a few hours later his death was announced and I remember being totally devasted. 

(Words and pictures Andre van de Loo)

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