Motoring history rolls into Forbes

Members of the Milton Ulladulla Classic Car Club at Forbes’ McFeeters Motor Museum.A small, but diverse part of Australia’s motoring history rolled into Forbes this week, as the town prepared to host another car club rally.

While the Milton Ulladulla Vintage and Classic Car Club is probably not the biggest to bring their annual rally to Forbes, the members had assembled an impressive array of vehicles at McFeeters Motor Museum yesterday morning.

About 60 members of the South Coast-based car club are in Forbes for the rally, which started yesterday and will continue until Thursday.

The age of their vehicles varies, with cars manufactured in the 1920s right up to the late ‘80s. Vehicles that have been brought to Forbes range from a rare 1935 super-charged Auburn, made in the United States, to a Volkswagen Beetle, owned by the club’s events director, Tom Turner.

Mr Turner, who grew up in Forbes, said the car club members planned to spend Monday visiting Forbes attractions, before setting off for Orange today, via Eugowra, Canowindra.

Tomorrow the rally will head to Parkes Museum and the CSIRO Radio Telescope, north of Parkes, and also visit Ootha’s Utes in the Paddock.

Thursday has been set aside for the members’ own activities.

“Thursday is a free day in town and no doubt we will inject a bit of cash into the local economy,” said club president Garry Baker.

Mr Baker said the car club was 21 years old this year and had chosen Forbes as the destination for the milestone ‘annual run’.

Every two years the club hosts the ‘Harbour Classic’ where other car clubs from all around Australia are invited to celebrate.

“It’s all about the cars and the preservation of our Australian motoring history,” Mr Baker said.

“Our motto is ‘let’s have fun’ and at these rallies we get together and do that as a group,” he said.

The club were welcomed to Forbes yesterday by Forbes Shire Councillor, Michael Malloy, before setting off on a tour of town attractions, including the Forbes Museum. Last night members gathered for a dinner at Forbes Services Club.

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