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Motor club draws engine lovers to town

- By CORAL COOKSLEY

ENGINE lovers streamed into Beechworth last weekend for the annual ‘Drive Back in Time’ run by the town’s Old Cranks Motor Club.

Held in the Police Paddocks on Sunday, organisers estimated more than 175 vehicles had packed out the venue.

Vintage, classic cars, hot rods, old engines and motorbikes that had to be more than 25 years old purred, rumbled and revved into town to be on show in the colourful and shiny line up by owners drawing motor enthusiast­s from around the region, the state and interstate .

A number of the club member vehicles were on display in Ford Street too.

Club president Ross Barlow said the club had been delighted with the number of entries this year.

“It’s been a good turnout today with the Police Paddocks full and the event is great for Beechworth,” he said.

“Drive Back in Time is one of the big drawcards to the town with accommodat­ion booked out for the weekend as many people have travelled to the event from far away.

“We had the local Golden Serpent Dragon Boat Club here today to help them promote their sport as well.”

Club secretary Peter Deith said the event had been bigger than last year.

With a 94-strong club membership, he said the growth with members had contribute­d to more volunteers helping out on the day.

“We have more volunteers here today than we’ve ever had before and if we didn’t have volunteers the event wouldn’t happen at all,” he said.

“It’s a really great turnout, people know about it and they always come back.”

Beechworth’s Howard Moreton, who had three vintage motorbikes on display, said the show and shine is great for town and surroundin­g area.

“There are more cars here today than I’ve seen before,” he said.

Mr Deith said funds raised from the event go back into the community and help run next year’s event.

With funds raised this year of around $1500 from gold coin entry donations and car entry fees, Mr Deith said most of the money had been donated to the Jack Tolley and Ivy Rose fundraiser­s.

The tractor run did not take place this year as members had taken their machines to Corowa for a fundraiser to help the Rose family as their little girl has leukemia.

A number of trophies skillfully crafted by Beechworth Men’s Shed members and sponsored by local businesses and other organisati­ons were presented by the mayor Bernard Gaffney to winners of different categories for their prized metal possession­s.

“The Men’s Shed does a fantastic job and we will always have them make our trophies,” Mr Deith said.

Midnight Spare’s Terry Collins from Yackandand­ah entertaine­d the crowd with his old time rock and roll that added to the groovy vibe.

A small number of vehicles joined the cruise around town the day before at 4.30pm where owners honked their horns and waved and to onlookers.

Cr Gaffney said the event had been good for businesses around town.

“It’s good for the local economy and there are so many tourists here today,” he said.

 ?? PHOTO: Coral Cooksley ?? ALL SMILES: Indigo Shire mayor Bernie Gaffney (right) congratula­tes Albury Wodonga Antique car club member and retired panel beater Graham Robb awarded with the Shire sponsored trophy for his glistening green 1928 model A Ford pickup truck. The vehicle found in a paddock took five years to rebuild from the ground up.
PHOTO: Coral Cooksley ALL SMILES: Indigo Shire mayor Bernie Gaffney (right) congratula­tes Albury Wodonga Antique car club member and retired panel beater Graham Robb awarded with the Shire sponsored trophy for his glistening green 1928 model A Ford pickup truck. The vehicle found in a paddock took five years to rebuild from the ground up.
 ?? ?? CHUFFED: Old Cranks Motor Club member Lindsay Rankin (left) with Yackandand­ah Vintage Engine Club member Keith Whitehead (right) who received a trophy for the best restored engine. Mr Whitehead’s 1952 KC Cooper 3HP petrol engine with its early farm history had driven a skim milk pump.
CHUFFED: Old Cranks Motor Club member Lindsay Rankin (left) with Yackandand­ah Vintage Engine Club member Keith Whitehead (right) who received a trophy for the best restored engine. Mr Whitehead’s 1952 KC Cooper 3HP petrol engine with its early farm history had driven a skim milk pump.
 ?? ?? GOOD FUN: Beechworth’s Gayle Mortimer is proud to have restored her 1991 Datsun 1200 with the help of Old Cranks Motor Club member Keith Harmes that has only been owned by women originally owned by a female farmer then a hairdresse­r in town.
GOOD FUN: Beechworth’s Gayle Mortimer is proud to have restored her 1991 Datsun 1200 with the help of Old Cranks Motor Club member Keith Harmes that has only been owned by women originally owned by a female farmer then a hairdresse­r in town.
 ?? ?? VINTAGE CAR MOTOR LOVER: Wooragee’s Joe Luisi - a mechanic by trade (left) with his restored 1922 Studebaker found found in Indigo Valley that had sat untouched in a shed for 47 years took around two years to do up chatted to Beechworth’s Howard Moreton.
VINTAGE CAR MOTOR LOVER: Wooragee’s Joe Luisi - a mechanic by trade (left) with his restored 1922 Studebaker found found in Indigo Valley that had sat untouched in a shed for 47 years took around two years to do up chatted to Beechworth’s Howard Moreton.
 ?? ?? ENGINE ENTHUSIAST: Kelvin Schultz, an Old Cranks Motor Club member with his 1991 Ford Capri based on a Mazda body shell but Ford made them for a popular American market under the banner of Mercury.
ENGINE ENTHUSIAST: Kelvin Schultz, an Old Cranks Motor Club member with his 1991 Ford Capri based on a Mazda body shell but Ford made them for a popular American market under the banner of Mercury.
 ?? ?? ‘CRUISIN: Motor enthusiast­s joined the cruise around town on Saturday afternoon before Sunday’s main event.
‘CRUISIN: Motor enthusiast­s joined the cruise around town on Saturday afternoon before Sunday’s main event.

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