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Bridegroom becomes a motor-car driver

June 20, 2019

At the age of 82, Rushall Park resident Alexander McNaughton takes the wheel of a motor-car for the first time with his new bride in 1929.

McNaughton, a veteran commercial traveller, whose memories of road transport went back to the old horse coaching days took to driving ‘like a duck to water’.

He had applied by telephone to Mr Clemenger, manager of All British Motors, the same day for the opportunity to try and automatic gear-changing device on the Armstrong Siddeley car, about which he had been reading.

Mr Clemenger readily obliged when he realised that Mr McNaughton had recently married a 75-year-old lady. Both were residents of Rushall Park.

According to The Age newspaper, “Accompanied by his bride in the car, Mr McNaughton promptly mastered the gear-changing device, and drop at low, medium and high register with confidence and evident enjoyment.”

“He declared that it was a trifling effort compared with controlling a four-in-hand Cobb’s mail coach of other days.”

“Our home has always been a place where family and friends are welcome.  Our cottage at Rushall Park is no different and the community of friends here is important to us and that’s why their work is part of my art box,” Jennifer Barden said.

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