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Old Bar Beach Festival 2017

Weather was fantastic for Old Bar Beach Festival 2017, and as usual I took my 1925 Ford Model T, and my ever supportive wife Shae …I’d say there were at least 100 cars there, not including the Kombi vans

An outstanding number of our club members attended the show ‘n’ shine – with 20 cars on display, including ‘25 Ford Model T, ‘68 Morris Minor Traveller, ‘67 Bedford J3 truck, ‘61 Triumph Herald, ‘68 Ford Cortina GT MK 2, ‘56 Ford Thunderbird, ‘42 Willys Jeep, ‘48 Holden 48-215 (two of them!), ‘68 Triumph MK 1, ‘62 Triumph TR 4, ‘74 Triumph Stag, ‘82 Holden WB van, ‘69 Ford Falcon GT, ‘29 Chrysler 75, ‘56 Vauxhall Velox E, ‘79 Porsche 911, ‘87 Dodge Ram, Mazda 929 and ‘66 Morris Mini Deluxe. 

The weather stayed fine all day, windy in the morning, calming in the afternoon with consistent sunshine and mild cloud cover. In total I’d say there were over 100 vehicles on display, ranging from veteran and vintage to classics and hot rods. Of course, a few VW Beetles were present, and a small number of Kombi’s occupied the end of the field. According to NBN news, over 40,000 people flocked to Old Bar, many more than last year. 

The format for the show ‘n’ shine was changed this year, scrapping the usual judging categories in favour of a single $1,000 prize drawn at random. There was the usual food vans offering anything from hot dogs and hot chips, to wood fired pizza and churros! The ice cream van was run off his feet with customers too. 

The Rural Fire Service had their usual display, with a fire hose connected to the nearest water main, spraying a deluge of water to amuse the kids and cool them down!!

On the subject, I added a set of comic eyes to the windscreen of my Model T, the same as ‘Lizzie’ in Pixar’s movie ‘Cars’, which proved very popular with the kids, with dozens of photos being taken. 



Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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