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NATIONAL MOTORING HERITAGE DAY
May 17, 2015
The Australian Motorlife Museum at Kembla Grange, NSW is one of the designated destinations for clubs and individuals out for a drive on National Motoring Heritage Day which this year was on Sunday May 17th.
This year, the Studebaker Club NSW, the Chrysler Restorers Club, the Veteran and Vintage Chevrolet Association of Australia, The R&S Valiant Club of NSW and the Renault Club and many individual enthusiasts paid a visit through the day resulting in a mixed collection enjoying the sun and ‘sausage sizzle’ as well as having a tour of the museum.
MINIS IN THE GONG
January 18, 2015
Another fine turn out by the local Mini group resulted in 65 variants of the classic Mini parking on the grass by the museum for their annual Show ‘n’ Shine. Many were in original or restored condition but some had been modified too.
One of the latter featured a 0.060” overbored 1275 giving 1330cc and fitted with an Eaton blower. This car that had been completely rebuilt by Michael Benton from a standard 1275LS with the original ‘square front’ panels of the Clubman, which were all replaced with the earlier ‘round front’ parts and had everything else rebuilt or replaced including every nut and bolt; not surprisingly it won the ‘People’s Choice’ trophy as voted for by the visiting public.
Other models included sedans, vans Mokes, Coopers an MG Metro Turbo and a couple of the modern BMW variety.
Owners of cars entered for the display also voted for their choice of ‘Car Of The Year’ which was won by a perfectly restored early Morris Cooper S owned by Steve Bogan.
October 5, 2014
The annual Motoring Expo at the Australian Motorlife Museum on Sunday October 5th was once again blessed with perfect weather and attracted a varied selection of veteran, vintage and classic vehicles. Entrants come to Kembla Grange from local and south coast car clubs as well as from the Sydney area.
The cars on display varied from veteran to modern, with classic British and American marques well represented alongside a good choice of Australian muscle cars.
The trophy for best Post-Vintage 1931 to 1949 was won by Kevin and Marie Liddy who brought their 1933 Reo Flying Cloud from Caringbah, but the ’39 Cadillac and ’41 De Soto Coupe ran it close and the trophy for best 1950s –‘60s went to John Forrest for his ’54 Jaguar XK120 making its nervous show debut after a two-year restoration.
Most Innovative Vehicle award was this year awarded to the 1922 Dodge Semi-Trailer which although only equipped with rear wheel brakes used to haul up to a three ton load; these days owner John Churchill is restricted to only allow one ton!
Other attractions on the day included a display of military vehicles including a WW2 ‘Army Surplus’ Studebaker six-wheel-drive truck, and pedal car collector Peter Shaw displayed part of his collection on the verandah. The Spyglass Gypsies entertained with music in the Django Reinhardt ‘Gypsy Jazz’ style and the barbecue staff were flat out all day supplying sausage, steak or bacon sandwiches.