OE153 - period photos
These superb period photos were kindly supplied by the new US owner of OE153, Chip Wright.
The story of the 'Drainpipe Special' (the short version)
OE 221 started life in 1924 as a Velox bodied 30-98, owned by JJ Leahy, but was written off after crashing at the Bathurst Blayney Road. Bill Chadwick, a founder member of the VSCC of Australia & foundation President of the Bathurst Light Car Club, bought the remains & created the Drain Pipe Special. He built a new chassis along the lines of the Maybach special, and used the car in competition club events, hill climbs etc in the Bathurst area & Mount Panorama during the 1950s.
Jumbo Goddard, a well known competitor, persuaded Bill to sell him the car & later commissioned a change to a V8 Hispano Suiza aircraft engine to enable him to set a vintage speed record. Unfortunately, he died before it was finished. The remaining parts were bought by Fred Hemmings who rebuilt it back to its original Drain Pipe Special spec:
4 inch tubular chassis along the lines of the Maybach special with torsion bar front suspension & 1/4 elliptics on the rear.
Crank case is a D type modified to 30-98 spec with 4 bolt centre main. Cylinder head, block, camshaft, followers, crankshaft, inlet manifold etc are all 30-98. 4 branch exhaust manifold as fitted by Bill Chadwick & lightened flywheel with Borg & Beck clutch.
30-98 handbrake now works on transmission. Gearbox fitted with high ratio constant mesh gears & rear axle is fitted 3.31 CW&P.
Brakes are finned alloy Fiat 519. At present the car is converted to road use & used regularly.
Anne and Richard Harris Feb'21