If you’re quick and anywhere near Yass in New South Wales, you still have time to check out Classic Yass, the annual vintage motor show. It’s on today, 3 November, with almost 350 entrants spread across Banjo Patterson and Riverside Parks.
My friend, Maggie, and I stopped by this morning. We went early and got the second-best parking place in town.
Hundreds of people (and quite a few dogs) were there to enjoy the cars and billy cart (go cart) races. Maggie said there had been a plan to cancel the races, but there had been a public outcry. Race organiser, the Rotary Club, said they needed more volunteers for the races to go ahead. That worked because most of Yass offered to help.
The day has plenty of other activities. There are plenty of food stalls, a vintage fashion parade, various music and dance performances, an art display, a book sale (on Sunday too), Devonshire teas and a dance to finish off the evening.
But getting back to cars. I don’t care much about vehicles in general. Mine gets me from A to B. But I love looking at vintage ones. It’s especially fun to see those I remember from my childhood.
We lived on a busy street and the next-door neighbour’s son, David, and I used to sit on the front porch and name the car makes as they cruised by.
The neighbours behind us collected Packards. I think they had five—with three up on blocks in the backyard. David’s dad had a Studebaker and sometimes he gave us a lift to school. My dad had an ancient blue Dodge van and a pale green 1953 Chrysler.
One of our friends in Burma collected cars. I rode in his Lagonda and Edsel. Another time, I had rides in a Daimler, a Rolls Royce and a Jaguar. And in the early 1970s, I owned a Cougar, the one that was named Car of the Year in 1967.
By the way, see the motorbike and sidecar just above. I drove out to Yass yesterday in a downpour. I can’t be 100 per cent sure, but on the way I saw a rider with his bright red motorbike and sidecar sheltering under a tree.
Have a look at some of the other gems that were on display in Yass today. Do you have a favourite vintage car?