The Old Car Detective

His 1940 Chevy plowed through the mud!

A hilarious story comes our way from Ted Okkerse, Publisher of the Pipestone Flyer  in Wetaskiwin, Alberta:  
    “In 1961, at age 17, I bought a 1940 Chevy 4-door sedan for $40.00.  When Dad and I got it home we parked it behind the garage, where I worked on it as time and money permitted (I was making 64 cents an hour).  I loved that old car and spent many weekends sitting in it and listening to music on the radio.
    “One day before turning 18, I got my license and left Edmonton in the old girl for Prince George, B.C., 650 miles away, to find work.  My father had decided to make the same trip in his 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 2-door coupe as I had a brother living at a lumber camp about 40 miles north of Prince George.  I think Dad was just keeping an eye on me.
    “Third gear went out of my car less than 50 miles outside Edmonton.  I had forgotten to check the oil in the tranny.  As I looked for a place to turn around, I noticed a green car parked up ahead.  It was my dad!  He had stopped to help someone who had gone into a ditch.  
    “When I explained my situation to Dad, he just laughed and said: ‘No problem.  We’ll  buy a rope and I’ll tow you to Prince George.’  (Note: these days that would be illegal).  The ride was hair-raising, especially when we got up to 60 miles an hour on gravel roads.   Somehow we arrived in one piece and my brother was there to greet us as it was spring break-up and, according to him, only his 1956 Pontiac wagon could make it through the huge mud holes between the highway and the camp 4 km into the bush.
    “All three of us jumped into the Pontiac and we proceeded into the first mud hole, where the heavy car sank up to the floorboards.  We then slogged through the mud to Dad’s Olds, which sank even deeper than the Pontiac.  The three of us then eyed the Chevy with its amazing ground clearance.  
    “We jumped in.  My brother hit the starter (located on the floor), the little six roared to life and with only first and second left in the gearbox, the old lady plowed through all the mud holes and rolled proudly into camp 4 km down the road, earning the respect of us three and all who witnessed our arrival in camp that day.
    “I eventually sold the car, but my first old Chevy still holds a lot of fond memories.”                              
    I’m always looking for more stories.  Email billtsherk@sympatico.ca or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, Ont. N8H 3W2.  Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my latest book:  “OLD CAR DETECTIVE FAVOURITE STORIES, 1925 to 1965.”
PHOTO:  1940 Chevrolet similar to the one purchased by Ted Okkerse over 50 years ago

 

More Stories:
  • The Old Car Detective Father and son with 1959 Cadillac hardtop     Jamal Salam of Mississauga, Ontario, owns an American icon, a 1959 Cadillac two-door hardtop with the biggest tailfins in town!  His Series 6337 Coupe de Ville came from Arizona ...
  • Why Annexation?     One of the questions that was asked at an Edmonton informational session last week has stuck in this reporters mind. The question was a simple one “What is the need to annex since the people remain the same regardless ...
  • “We’ve a Lot of Work to Do”     Those were the words from Tim Brockelsby, a Senior Planner for the City of Edmonton, at the conclusion of Edmonton’s second of five planned conversations with Leduc residents affected by Edmonton’s proposed annexation ...
  • Leduc Rural Crime Watch Award Cst. Mcfarlene, President Cor De Wit, Mayor Whaley.      The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has announced that the Leduc Rural Crime Watch Association has been awarded their 2013 Award for Excellence.      The award was established ...
  • 13,000 HOUR DONATION Executive Director, Petra Pfeiffer, thanks Jeannie Blakely on Appreciation evening. Whenever there is a crime or tragedy, there is a victim.           The word ‘victim’ does not adequately describe the complexity of circumstances ...
  • RURAL CRIME WATCH     The organization had been undergoing a serious decline in interest until the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 when the community experienced a rash of break-ins and thefts. Membership spiked and with increased monitoring ...
  • Wetaskiwin Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast  City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot shows the ribbon shirt which was given to him by Laron Northwest on behalf of the Samson Cree Nation and Maskwacis.     Wetaskiwin's 23rd Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held at ...
  • Kids Making a Difference The 19th annual Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program for Wetaskiwin and area was held at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum the evening of April 7th.  This is a program to recognize the good kids who are making a positive difference ...
  • Leduc City Citizens of Distinction     Annual ceremony hosted during Leduc’s Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.     The City of Leduc is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2013 Citizens of Distinction Awards: Brianna Day  Athletic Achievement ...
  • Lakedell 4-H Beef Club     Our club has been keeping busy. In February we had our beef supper on valentines day with a great turn out. On the 15th our club attended the Red Deer Rebels game. We also had Public speaking on the 28th. All members ...
  • Spring Fling Mercedez Swallow creates a spotted puppy at the Spring Fling trade fair in the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.      Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce hosts new features - Hosting successful events has challenges. But observing a steady ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia