1920s racing cup returned to Lock

LOCK CUP: David Bascomb found the 1929 McLachlan Cup, the predecessor to the Lock Cup, while looking through old boxes.
LOCK CUP: David Bascomb found the 1929 McLachlan Cup, the predecessor to the Lock Cup, while looking through old boxes.

A horse racing cup from the 1920s has been rediscovered by an Eyre Peninsula man and returned to the club that originally awarded it.

Eyre Peninsula farmer David Bascomb found the 1929 McLachlan Cup, the predecessor to the Lock Cup, in 1974 when he was a teenager.

Mr Bascomb said he was rummaging through a dump on Gum Park Station near Mount Wedge, when he came across the cup.

He said it had lived in a box since 1974 and he rediscovered the almost 90-year-old cup about three months ago.

“I knew I had it but I’d misplaced it,” Mr Bascomb said.

“We’ve moved about 11 times (since 1974).”

He said he found the cup in a box labelled 1992.

“The box had never been opened since then, I opened it up and finally found it,” Mr Bascomb said.

Mr Bascomb has donated the historic cup back to the Lock Racing Club and said it would go on display after being restored by Shane Pedemonte from Pedemonte Jewellers in Port Lincoln.

Mr Bascomb also found the 1928 and 1929 Mount Wedge Cups while rummaging through the dump in 1974.

He said the last race meeting for the Mount Wedge Cup was a picnic race meeting in 1988.

The 2018 Lock Cup will be held on Sunday, February 11 at McLachlan Park.

Adult tickets cost $12 each and children under 16 are free.

In previous years more than 400 people have attended the cup. 

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