Offroad Adventure: Automotive Graveyard

One evening in August myself and Mark left the house on the dual-purpose bikes without a clearcut destination in mind. We took a trail leading from Kenmount Road, crossed under the Outer Ring Road and were picking our way over the rocky terrain when Mark spotted something just off the trail. Finding junk in the woods is nothing strange, unfortunately. I could’ve started a blog solely with pictures of garbage that I’ve found in the woods while riding. But this was old junk, and basically in the middle of nowhere. HUH???

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“Hmmm…what do we have here?”

We continued along the trail and within minutes found ourselves in what I can only describe as an automotive graveyard. And I don’t mean Sunbirds and Topaz’s either. Many of these cars were from the 1940’s and 50’s.

In my mind I was an archaeologist who just uncovered the remains of an ancient civilization. I slowly picked my way around each wreck, taking pictures from different angles, trying to document each one so that I may eventually figure out the makes and models. There was nothing “collectable” left – no badges, hood ornmaments or lights – these were likely scavenged years ago.

My preliminary research has turned up some interesting information about Newfoundland’s automotive history. In the years following World War II, there was an influx of economy cars imported from Britain. Makes like Morris and Standard were commonplace. The problem was, they were ill-suited to the harsh Newfoundland winters and were unreliable. Undoubtedly most of these cars ended up in dump sites such as this one.

We started to make our way back to civilization as darkness approached, and eventually came out on a boggy, wet ATV trail leading to Thorburn Road. It was Thursday, so we headed to A&W for classic car night. After spending the evening with old cars that were well into the process of returning to the earth, it really gave me an appreciation of the work and effort that goes into restoring and maintaining an antique car. As I strolled around the parking lot looking at pristine vehicles 40-80 years old, it really hit me that if it wasn’t for somebody’s sheer love of that particular car it would look like the cars in the woods, abandoned and forgotten.

Here are the best shots I took that day. Please comment if you think you know what kind of cars they are!

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My Dad identified this one as a Standard Vanguard.

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I’m thinking Morris Minor but I’m not sure!

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Looks like the front of an old bus or large truck

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This is a long shot but does anyone recognize the writing on the door? It’s *something* “& SONS”

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This car is *tiny*. It has distinguishable characteristics but I haven’t been able to pinpoint it.

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“Dat’s one of dem tree cylinder engines!”

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Awful rocky road to drive/tow cars in over. Maybe it was in better shape 70 years ago!

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Posted on November 1, 2015, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. “backwoods” decay. Awesome!

  2. The truck is a the remains of a cab over flat bed. The make of the truck is a Commer. The other car is a Austin.

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