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.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Report: 5th Annual Sylvanvale Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show

Greetings all,

It is with great pleasure that I can report to you that our 5th Sylvanvale Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show held in Cronulla Mall yesterday was a HUGE success.

From the moment that I opened my eyes at 0430 early on Sunday morning & looked out my bedroom window to see what the weather was like we were under severe threat that it would once again rain & spoil all of the hard work that goes into organising an event like this in an open air environment.

Four Sutherland Shire residents & leading dignitaries; From LtoR.
MP for Cronulla and the NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman,
Mayor of the Sutherland Shire, Carmelo Pesce, CEO of Sylvanvale, Leanne Fretton
and Cronulla Rotarian and Car Show Curator, Ken Warburton

Photo: Steve Core  

However the GODS were with us, apart from a few very light spots of rain during the day we managed to enjoy the fruits of all our hard work to present to the public an absolutely magnificent free Community Event. 

For all those 30,000 PLUS Vintage Car enthusiasts that strolled through Cronulla Mall & Peryman Square to drool over the 68 Classic Vintage vehicles that were on display on the tiles in Cronulla.

May I take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that worked tirelessly all day to make our event such a success.

Cars on display in Peryman Square, North Cronulla Beach
close by the ocean makes for a unique backdrop.

Photo: Steve Core  

A BIG thank you also goes to all those proud Vintage Car owners that devoted their time & effort to show off their PRIDE & Joy of yesterday to the swarming crowds.

It gives me so much pleasure to organise an event such as this BECAUSE it raises money for a very good cause 'The Sylvanvale Foundation'.

My parents were the foundation members of this wonderful organisation 70-years ago.

Today, in 2019, the Sylvanvale Foundation cares for 750 people with disabilities to help those that are less fortunate than ourselves to reach their potential in life, and I am so proud & delighted to be part of that organisation.

A gaggle of pristine Model A Fords lined up with military
precision in front of the Cronulla Post Office in Cronulla Mall

Photo: Steve Core  

I must also thank the Sutherland Shire Council, Cronulla Rotary, the Sylvanvale Foundation & their staff, all the volunteers & every one else that helped make this day such a success.

A special 'BIG THANKS' to our wonderful Sponsors that selflessly donated their hard earn't cash to support this event, I am forever thankful.

My colleague, Steve Core who helps me tirelessly with support & looks after all of our social media business will write a more in depth report on yesterday's event, because my job has not finished as yet.

I must hit the roads & intersections of the Sutherland Shire to remove all the 100 Corflute signs that I placed around the 'SHIRE' to promote this GREAT event.

Stay safe, thanks for supporting this unique free community family event once again for such a worthy cause.


Ken Warburton

Show Founder & Curator