Wednesday, 19 February 2020

The Survivor of All Survivors

Thursday 19th February - 2020

I am always looking for vintage vehicles that are different and exciting to add to our very successful Cronulla Classic Car Show every year to keep the enthusiasm and interest as our top priority so that the many thousands of spectators keep coming back each year for more.

Well guess what? I have found that very special vehicle! This 1924 Graham Brothers 'Survivor of All Survivors' will scoop the field at this year's 6th Annual Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show to be held in Cronulla on Sunday 5th April, 2020.

Sporting its original 'Barn Find' condition this 1924 Graham Brothers 4-door
sedan was built in the US by the Graham Brothers, who were once known
for building rugged truck haulers and high-quality automobiles alike.

I have been very fortunate to attend many car shows throughout the world and trust me this vehicle is by far the best survivor that I have ever seen in all my travels, bar none.

I must advise you to; 'do yourself a favour' and wander down to our car show on the tiles of Cronulla Mall on Sunday 5th April, 2020 to see this 'Absolute Gem' of yesterday.

This week end I attended the 44th Berrima Rally in Mittagong that I have attended for the past 4-years. The Berrima Rally is now in its 44th year, an excellent display of all sorts of vehicles young and old. There are a few of the entrants there that also are kind enough to attend our Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show in Cronulla every year.

For most car enthusiasts, 'barn finds' hold an irresistible appeal.
Whether it’s the years of sleuthing, the unravelling of complex histories or
the thick layers of dust, there’s something riveting about
forgotten classics unearthed after decades of neglect.

When I drove my 1930 Model A Ford Special Delivery Van into the parking area in the Mittagong Public School grounds I noticed out of the corner of my eye this wonderful piece of memorabilia parked over to one side of the parking lot with crowds of people milling around it, I immediately thought that the organisers were giving away hot scones, jam and cream. I immediately jumped out of my vehicle and walked over to see what all the fuss was about.

To my absolute delight my eyes were cast upon this 'Survivor of all Survivors' as you can see by the photographs.

I just love survivors. You can spend thousands and thousands of $'s restoring old motor vehicles, however I would prefer an original vehicle any time to something that has been tricked up. 

The three Graham brothers envisioned when they set out to build a better truck.
The Evansville, Indiana, company rolled out its fledgling rigs in 1919, 
under the banner, 'Truck Builder.' They soon turned their
automotive skills to building cars as well.

You know in America that 'Survivor' vehicles command exorbitant prices. Everyone is looking for that one and only 'Barn Find'. Well let me tell you about this true 'Barn Find'.

While my tongue was hanging out and I was dribbling out of the corner of my mouth exploring every inch of this 'Gem' of a vehicle along with many, many other punters, l noticed an old friend just standing in the background, I had got to know this gentleman a few years ago on my first visit to the Berrima Show.

I walked over to say Hello and have a chat to him and asked him the obvious question "Do you know who owns this vehicle?" because I wanted to know more details about this amazing vehicle, his response was simply, "Yes, I do".

Consigned for decades in barn, this vehicle
was last registered in January 1959 (61-years ago).

My friend's name is Paul Shaw, I have written stories about Paul and his brother Peter previously on my blog because they also have other vehicles that they exhibit every year at the Berrima Rally in Mittagong. I wanted to know where on earth he had been hiding this car for the past couple of years.

Paul tells me that he discovered this magnificent 1924 Graham Brothers vehicle in a Farm Shed in Sutton Forest, NSW about 15-years ago. As you can see by the registration label on the windscreen this vehicle was last registered in January 1959 (61-years ago). The car is still a goer and they drove it off & on their car trailer, how good is that.

So my fellow car enthusiasts if you can find the time to visit Cronulla Mall on Sunday April 5th, which is now only 6-weeks away you will not be disappointed with the quality of the vehicles on display, your attendance also helps us raise funds for the Sylvanvale Foundation by donating a 'Gold' coin to help children and young people with a disability to learn new skills and continue to reach individual milestones. 

The Graham Brothers name began to blur in late 1924 when Graham became a
division of Dodge and Robert Graham was named director of the company’s
Commercial Car and Truck Division.

Stay tuned because I also have other stories of these very special vehicles that I can assure you will not see in any other car show in Sydney or Australia, this is what makes our show so popular and unique.

Grab your wife, children and friends and visit us in Cronulla Mall on Sunday April 5th, 2020 for a very good cause. The children are the ones that surprise me with our show, because they have never witnessed any thing like it before, most of today's young ones do not even know what a window winder looks like. Some of our exhibitors also allow the kids to sit in their very special cars and blow the 'Claxton' horns that really delights them all.

Looking forward to catching up with you all on the tiles of Cronulla Mall on Sunday 5th April, 2020.

Yours sincerely
Ken Warburton. (Event Custodian)

Monday, 10 February 2020

New masthead logo for our social media

Monday 10th February - 2020

Today we are excited to introduce a brand new masthead graphic to both our Blog & Facebook pages - as we now under 8-weeks in the countdown to our big Car Show on Sunday 5th April, 2020.

That Sunday will be the first day of non-daylight saving for NSW in 2020 and also it's the weekend before the Easter long weekend.

Our new masthead graphic is proudly being displayed
here on our blog & also on our Facebook page

Don't forget to mark the date in your diary because that's the one day when the tiled area of the beachside Cronulla Mall will come alive with motoring enthusiasts and car aficionados as the Mall is filled from end to end with an incredible collection of classic pre-WWII Vintage cars [that's pre-1939] and vehicles.

Check us out on our Facebook page

EVENT: 6th Annual Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show for 2020
DATE: Sunday 5th April 2020
TIME: 9.00am - 3.00pm.
LOCATION: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
COST: Free of entry fees for display entrants. Gold coin donation for spectators.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

This Boy's Dream...

This Boy’s Dream by Paul Kinder

This week our Event Director, Ken Warburton, caught up with the Salvation Army's Major Paul Kinder to gather some information on the car, a 1934 Morris Minor Four-door Tourer that Major Kinder will be presenting at our Show on Sunday April 5th, 2020.

Here's Major Paul Kinder's story in his own words...

“I dreamt of being the good humoured preacher who visited people around town in his vintage car.”

The dream began with the birthday gift of a couple of Matchbox Models of Yesteryear when I was just seven-years-old. And grew to a passion for English cars built between the First and Second World Wars.

Ken Warburton [left] and Major Paul Kinder owner of
the 1934 Morris Minor Four-door Tourer - catch up for
car talk at the Common Ground Coffee in Westfield Hurstville

I was destined to become that preacher, and have fulfilled my calling within The Salvation Army in Australia. Living on a minister’s stipend almost guaranteed I would never afford to purchase my vintage car until after I retired. So I built quite a collection of model vintage cars, ensured my bride was happy to have vintage cars for our wedding vehicles, and kept the dream alive.

In my late forties, I reconnected with a teenage friend. We chatted about our developing lives, hopes and dreams. He invited me to check out his garage… and opened the doors to reveal an orange 1934 Morris Minor… in bits. Here was an English car from the pre WWII period. What a dream!

He’d inherited it from his father on the promise he ensure its preservation. My mate had already shared that his dream was a VW Beetle, so I asked for first refusal should he ever find his Beetle, and want to pass the Morris on. (I prayed this would not happen quickly – our son and daughter were both in high school).

Ten years later, and fifty years after the genesis of my dream, my mate called me and suggested we chat again about the Morris. My bride of thirty years now shared the vintage car dream, and MORRIE came to live with us in September 2016.

Paul Kinder's 1934 Morris Minor Four-Door Tourer
was once painted orange & used for an Esso Service 

Station promotion to put "A Tiger In Your Tank"

We joined the Motoring Enthusiasts Group of Cronulla RSL, and soon met Ralph Skelton, who commented one day, “These things were built by an engineer with a shed and some tools. I’m an engineer with a shed and some tools, would you like a hand with the Morris.”

Ralph is now our Chief Engineer, and, as an apprentice, I make a pretty good preacher – Hehehe. We’ve recommissioned the engine, and had the car on historic registration since September 2018. I have now realised the dream… the preacher who visits people around town in his vintage car, hopefully, in a good humoured manner.

MORRIE was imported as a rolling chassis by York Motors Sydney in 1934, and bodied by Holden as a special order, for a Doctor in Sutherland. It is one of only two four-door tourers ever built.

Original Esso promotional signage from the '60s
suggesting to fill up and 'Put A Tiger In Your Tank'

In 1938, the car was sold to a service station owner in Peakhurst who used it as a daily driver until 1959. Taking the car off the road, he used the Morris as the promotional vehicle for his “Put a Tiger in Your Tank” Esso service station – MORRIE gained his tiger stripes.

The car was swapped for a used furniture van in 1968, and my mate’s father began a sympathetic preservation. We are only the fourth custodians, and believe the indicated mileage to be original. Incidentally, the other four-door tourer was destroyed in an accident in 1948.

We’re delighted to share our unique 1934 Morris Minor Four-door Tourer (by Holden), bringing this unique car back to its first home through the Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show, and the Motoring Enthusiasts Group of the Cronulla RSL.

Paul and Romona Kinder

SEE IT: Sunday 5th April, 2020

Support: The Salvation Army

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Sunday 5th April 2020 is the date to keep in mind...

21st January - 2020


Hello fellow Car Club members and all car enthusiasts. Yes, it's that time of year again.

Please make certain that you keep Sunday 5th April 2020 clear for another exciting event to be held in Cronulla Mall.

Model A Fords lined up in front of the Cronulla Post Office
in the Cronulla Mall from our 2019 Show
Photo: Steve Core

Our event is supported by the Sutherland Shire Council along with the involvement of our very own Chrysler Car Club, also including many other car clubs along with all the privateers that enter their vehicles is one of the Shire's largest and most popular community events on the annual calendar.

Featuring a spectacular array of more than 80 Vintage and Classic cars exhibited on the tiles of Cronulla Mall, including food stalls and kids Adventure area.

Classic cars lined up in front of the old Art Deco
Commonwealth Bank building - now the Banc Restaurant 

Photo: Steve Core

The huge crowds, in excess of 20,000 people - as well as the extensive media coverage that our event attracts - makes this the perfect way to showcase your pride and joy within the community.

Once again this year we are fundraising for the Sylvanvale Foundation for a brand new project for children and young people with disabilities to reach their potential.

The tiles of the Cronulla Mall make for a unique setting
for a Car Show with plenty of retail & food services available

Photo: Steve Core

So please support us once again this year to make our event a BIGGER and BRIGHTER success than in previous years.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Looking forward to catching up with you all on Sunday 5th April, 2020, 9:00am until 3:00pm, that's the weekend before Easter.

Cheers for now.

Ken Warburton. 

Event Founder & Organiser.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Promo for our 5th April, 2020 Show

17th December - 2019

A now a word from our founder about our 6th Annual Sylvanvale Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show to be held in Cronulla on Sunday April 5th, 2020...

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

6th Annual Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show 2020 dates announced:

Media Release: 1st October - 2019

Event founder, Ken Warburton said he was really pleased to announce the confirmed date for the 2020 - 6th Annual Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show. (Be sure to write this date down in your diary).

EVENT: 2020 Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show
DATE: Sunday 5th April 2020
TIME: 9.00am - 3.00pm.
LOCATION: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
COST: Free of entry fees for display entrants. Gold coin donation for spectators.

Peryman Square on North Cronulla Beach is one of our two display areas
and has the white sandy beach & Ocean as the perfect backdrop

After the outstanding success (once again) of the 2019, 5th Vintage Car Show held in Cronulla Mall and Peryman Square in April earlier this year we are pleased to announce that the 6th Pre-WWII (SPECTACULAR) vintage and classic vehicle display will once again be held on the tiles of Cronulla Mall on Sunday 5th April, 2020.

This community event is presented by the Sylvanvale Foundation, supported by the Sutherland Shire Council and our very generous sponsors, we can not forget the volunteers, for with out their generous support this event would not happen.

Participants and spectators in period costume
add to recreating the vintage atmosphere to our seaside event

All profits are donated to the Sylvanvale Foundation to help them support people with disabilities to reach their potential.

Our Vintage Car Show that celebrates (vintage and classic) vehicles built Pre-1945 is proof that car culture is alive and well, with more than 80 vehicles set against the back drop of the Pacific Ocean shows you the greatness that happens when gear heads assemble.

Another big piece of the Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show apart from the vintage and classic cars is fashion, much in the way that owners dress in period clothing at a more traditional concours event. 

Event founder, Ken Warburton will be once again the driving force
behind the event that raises funds for the Sylvanvale Foundation.

Our Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show is here to keep the automotive dream of the early 20th Century alive and well.

Event organiser and Vintage Car enthusiast Ken Warburton promises that the 2020 Sylvanvale Vintage Car show will once again be BIGGER and BETTER than ever.

I am looking forward to catching up with you all once again next year to support a wonderful organisation.

Cheers for now from the 'Shire'

Ken Warburton

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Show Wrap-up: The Leader coverage...

The Leader Newspaper [print edition] was published today and we were stoked to see that with our Show's rip roaring success over the weekend, the Leader Editors in their infinite wisdom have chosen to put our 5th Annual Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show on the cover.

The cover of the Leader Newspaper for Wednesday 17th April, 2019.
The Editors in their infinite wisdom chose to put our
5th Annual Sylvanvale Vintage Car Show on the cover.

The Leader is distributed into every home and business in both the Sutherland Shire and St George areas, giving it the one of the highest readerships of any metropolitan newspaper in Australia.

Part II of our sensational coverage in this week's print edition
of the Leader Newspaper was on page 9.
Great photos by their Senior Staff Photographer - John Veage.

Great complimenting photos too from their Senior Staff Photographer and their Mr Cronulla, Johnny-on-the-spot - John Veage.

Once again, we tip our hat to the Leader.