With the second Sunday of this month falling in the middle of a long weekend, it was perhaps inevitable that our numbers would be down a bit this time. It was unlikely that the Motorfest at Lardner Park would attract a similar clientele, however, the historic racing at Phillip Island and the Leongatha Swap Meet / Show and Shine certainly would. Nevertheless, the weather was perfect and about 50 special vehicles, both local, and from as far away as the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne, assembled in the Woolies’ carpark. Drivers, passengers and locals mingled freely in the autumn sunshine inspecting the very eclectic collection of assembled vehicles.
As usual there were a couple of vehicles that we hadn’t seen at this venue before – or perhaps it’s just a memory thing 🙂 One of these was a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, which oozed character and patina in its apparently unrestored state. There was also a magnificent; but absolutely huge Lagonda from I’m guessing, the late 1930s. One new-comer that attracted my attention was a tastefully race-modified, MG Y-type coupe with what looked like an MGB engine and transmission. Then there was the VW Type 3 fastback (when was the last time you saw one of them?) and the gleaming black ’57 Chevy. A Lotus 7 Clubman showed what a proper sports car is all about and Mark McKibbin’s Bugatti Type 37 illustrated that true sports cars really hadn’t changed all that much in over three quarters of a century.
As usual there was a nice collection of the offerings from Mercedes – sedans, coupes and convertibles from the last 4 decades. There were several Porsches, a couple of Beetles, some Jaguars and BMWs adding to the collection from Europe, and these were matched by similar numbers of Detroit iron from the USA including a Ford Edsel and Richard Rowley’s California Special Mustang. Of course there were the usual offerings of MGs, Triumphs, Austin Healeys, Minis and a Mini Marcos from the UK as well as a fine assortment of home-grown classics as well. A pair of classic motorbikes joined the display, appealing to those who prefer two wheels, and there were a couple of hot rods / street machines that must have lost their way to Lardner Park.
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