CENTRE STAGE DISPLAY – 1920s


“DAISY”, A CAPITOL CHEV, was born in 1927 and will attend the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa as an invited feature vehicle to celebrate this year’s theme of the 1920s.



Painted in an attractive pale yellow, she presents as being a beautiful Buttercup rather than a Daisy.

She will form part of a special display at Centre Stage and comes to us courtesy of Seymour’s Judi McGrath, who has owned Daisy since 2015. Prior to that, Daisy sat in a shed in Shepparton for around ten years. The car’s claim to fame includes being one of the stars of the TV series set in the 1920s, “Carson’s Law” which aired from 1982 to 1984. This means that Daisy was in Melbourne at that time, but is understood to have originally come from Sydney.

The old car seems to be well-travelled, though. Ms. McGrath said, “As a curious side story, I bought an XJ40 (Jaguar) from Kyneton in 2018 and in talking to the seller, I found out he had owned Daisy in the 1990's. He sold her to someone who drove her to Queensland.”

This model’s innovations at the time were that the accelerator pedal was introduced, as previous generations used a throttle located in the center of the steering column, along with the installation of a petrol gauge in the dashboard and a centrally located rear view mirror.

Available in eight body styles including 2-door roadster & coupe, and 4-door sedan & tourer, the Capitol Chev is powered by a 4-cylinder OHV 2.8L (171 cu in) engine, with a 3-speed manual transmission.


Our 1920S DISPLAY RACE CAR, AN AUSTIN 7 MONOPOSTO SPECIAL, lovingly labelled “Lil’ Red Baron” by owners Terry and Peter Cornelius of Corowa, has a very interesting history.




The Austin 7 was an economy car that was produced from 1923 until 1939 in the United Kingdom by Austin. Many Austin 7s were rebuilt as "specials" after the Second World War, including the first race car built by Bruce McLaren, and the first Lotus, the Mark I.

With this background, and a supply of Austin 7 parts, including a 'rolling' chassis just hanging around, Arthur Cornelius, together with sons Terry and Peter, decided that between them they could come up with Arthur’s long-time dream of having an Austin 7 special.

It turned out that Fangio was appearing at Sandown for the Golden Jubilee A.G.P., Sept 10, 1978 and Terry was going to be there in his historic sports/racer the Sabrina Austin, so why not?

Cutting a long but very interesting story very short, the Cornelius Austin 7 Special racer was created in just six weeks, hand crafted by the Cornelius family and friends.

Terry said: “We were filled with pride when announcers labelled it the racer that was produced by the factory in 1923!" Terry said. “Actually, we met those descriptions with mixed emotions, as we felt that ours was considerably better looking!”

Over the years since it's build, the little car has proven itself to be very capable and reliable as well as being upgraded in various areas of its performance, via many track appearances and lots of 'Historic Action'. It has been in the hands of several owners since its creation, but these days and for the last few years it has been owned by Peter, Terry and their good friend Peter Dowdle.


The third vehicle in our 1920s display is a 1929 NORTON MOTOR CYCLE, one of two Nortons being displayed by Euroa resident Garry MacDonald.




Also known as Model 18, the Norton is a British bike with an air-cooled single cylinder 4 stroke overhead valve engine with a single Amal carburettor and magneto ignition. Bore and stroke of 79 x 100mm gives it a capacity of 490cc. It has a 3-speed transmission with drum front and rear brakes and a top speed of 75mph (120 kph.)

The single-cylinder Nortons have always had a reputation of being strong, durable motorcycles. These traits resulted in many of these classic bikes being used in all forms of sporting events. This basic motor design retained the same bore and stroke from 1911 to the early 1960s.

This particular motor cycle has a very significant contribution to local Euroa history, as it was originally owned by Garry’s father, Frank MacDonald, who did a mail run three days a week in the late 1940s and 1950s, following his return to Australia after service in the RAAF during the second World War. During this time, Mr. MacDonald and the Norton (at times including a home-made side-car) did the mail run around Pranjip, Miepoll and Moglonemby and Riggs Creek.


Written by Ray Read, with Terry Cornelius, Garry MacDonald and Judi McGrath.

Pictures, The Capital Chev, Austin A7 racer and a 1929 Norton motor cycle, similar to the one on show.