Tag Archives: Daimler Club

More love for the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 25 September, 2014

Merv McDonald and Vicki Humphrey

Donation from DLOCCA for the Royal Daimler

The Royal Daimler Project might be over but the work and interest in car continues.

It was great to see so many members of the Daimler SP250 group at the Museum on Saturday. Travelling to Canberra from various parts of the east coast of NSW, all arrived to the Museums’ offsite campus in Mitchell to see the Museum’s Royal Daimler car.

The SP250 is a V8 sports model produced by Daimler between 1959 and 1964. According to Alan Hunt’s article in the book Travelling in Style Daimler and Lanchester and Australia, over one hundred SP250’s were imported into Australia. Continue reading

Visiting the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 29 October, 2013

Visiting the Royal Daimler in Canberra

Daimler car club in Canberra

There were some very beautiful Daimlers parked at Mitchell recently when members of the Daimler & Lanchester Owners Car Club of Australia, DLOCCA, were in Canberra to visit the National Museum’s grand dame, the Royal Daimler. See more pictures below. Continue reading

Chassis work

Ian Stewart spray painting the Royal Daimler chassis decked out in his PPE

by Vicki Humphrey on 3 October, 2013

The Daimler chassis that has been a major presence in the Large Technology lab over the past few months has been moved to another Museum site for painting now that it has been repaired. The painting will be done on the forecourt of one of the stores inside a specially constructed tent, with the team decked out in their personal protective equipment (PPE). Our investigations and helpful information from UK and Australia established that the chassis would have been gloss black; and so it will be once more. Continue reading

Paint and Project Planning

by Vicki Humphrey on 5 August, 2013

After the excitement of the RACA dinner we are now back into practicalities.

Vicki Humphrey is working with the National Museum’s three conservation labs to coordinate the work on the different components of the vehicle. While the bulk of the work will be carried out by the Large Technology team, there is no denying that there are challenges and considerable work ahead for the Textiles team, who will be treating the upholstery and the textile fittings.

The rich interior presents a number of challenges for the textiles conservators.

The Objects conservators will focusing on the timber interiors and the instrument panel. The Daimler is not the only project the Conservation section has to work on and so the order in which we carry out the work has to take into consideration the optimum workflows for the Daimler itself and the availability of expertise within the relatively small conservation section. Planning becomes very important. Continue reading

Book your tickets

by Monica Lindemann on 3 June, 2013

Royal Automobile Club of Australia Motoring Gala Dinner

7:00pm, Wednesday 3 July 2013, Macquarie Street Sydney

The Royal Automobile Club of Australia invites you to join members and guests to celebrate Australia’s rich motoring history with leaders of motoring clubs and the motoring industry.

Celebrated motoring journalist Mr David Berthon and Dr Guy Hansen, Head Curator, National Museum of Australia will be the evening’s guest speakers.

The evening will include fundraising activities in support of the National Museum of Australia’s Royal Daimler Project. A range of fabulous prizes will be auctioned and raffled, with all funds raised on the night going towards the conservation of the 1948 Daimler used during the first Australian Royal Tour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.

Join us for a wonderful evening amongst old friends and new!

When: 3 July 2013

Where: The Macquarie Room, Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW

Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm

Price: $118 per person or $1070 for table of ten

RSVP: To Katie at (02) 8273 2320 or katie@raca.com.au