Thursday, 24 December 2015

Vintage cars, surfing, cute girls - what Cronulla is all about ...

Cars, girls & surfing - what Cronulla is all about ...

This is what having a Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show in Sydney's beach-side town of Cronulla is all about folks. Vintage cars, surfing and throw in some cute girls.

You won't be disappointed when our multi-million dollar range of vintage vehicles & bikes hit the tiles and sand of Cronulla Mall on Sunday 20th March 2016.

Perhaps we should offer some car tow-in surfing on the day. What do you think?

Cronulla's main street and mall has never been flooded.
We have real waves just 300m from the Main Street 
Cronulla Mall - where our cars & bikes will be on show.

Show Date: Sunday 20th March, 2016
Location: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla

Free entry for all events

Check us out on Instagram at #cronullcarshow

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Our event poster for you to share ...

We've just released this poster for our show on 20th March 2016. It's perfect for sharing with your friends to let them know all the details of the show.

Please help spread the word and share it 'on line' with everyone you know that will be interested in attending our bigger & better, 2nd annual event. Thanking you so much.

(just double click on it and save it as an image - then share).

Follow us or tag us on Instagram at #cronullacarshow

Monday, 14 December 2015

If Henry Ford ever built a Model T Camper ... it might have looked like this ...

1927 Model 'T' Camper

Another unique pre-WWII vehicle that will be on static display for our Show on 20th March, 2016 in Cronulla will be this unique, and one-off Model 'T' Camper.

Gary Amesbury's 1927 Model 'T' Camper
Circumnavigated Australia in 2008
Owners Gary and Marilyn Amesbury of Sydney, will bring their 1927 pride and joy to the Cronulla Mall to join our host of other unique pre-1939 vehicles.

This especially fitted out 1927 Model T Camper circumnavigated Australia in the Centenary Model 'T' Tour in 2008.

Along with 7 other Model Ts, the group raised money for the Royal Flying Doctors. The year 2008 was chosen because it marked the 100th Anniversary of the launch of the first Model T Ford in Australia in 1908.

Clocking up an impressive total of 20,000km, the journey took 180 days to complete. From April 20th to October 9th in 2008.

Because Model 'T' Fords can only travel on the open road at around 60km/h, Gary worked out that with the total distance he intended to travel, the journey would take approximately 6 months to complete. 



Gary planned for clocking up around 300km per day. His calculations would have to allow for travelling time and to build plenty of time for sightseeing. To keep costs within a reasonable budget, Gary figured that there have to be some camping included.
Gary's self designed camper conversion featured a
workable kitchen on the right-hand side.

There were eight other Model 'T's that started the trip, one towed a teardrop caravan and one towed a camper trailer. Three of the other owners carried tents or stayed in cabins.

"In it's day - the Model T Ford was particularly valued for its high road clearance & its ability to ride over bumps... "

Gary based the body for the camper on a 1920s style commercial van and featured a fold-out bed on the driver's side, a kitchen on the opposite side. Curtains separate the kitchen from the central storage area. The central space was used for general storage. 

The need for remote power on the road and at camping sites was addressed by using an onboard Canverter from Engel. That gave the Amesbury's 12V or 240V power, to run all appliances, including a small fridge and lights.

The Canverter plugged into the cigarette lighter and also enabled charging of modern day luxuries like mobile phones, digital camera batteries and laptop computers.

The Camper's fold out bed and extendable awning
shelter and a dry, snug place for 
social events with fellow campers.  
Roll down canvas walls provided camp site privacy and protection from the elements.

Gary and Marilyn enjoyed the slow nature of the trip and felt they got to see a lot more of the sights due to the steady pace of daily travel of a non-conventional vehicle.

Throughout the entire journey they received plenty of support from strangers. Mechanics, spare parts and offers of a work shop quickly materialsed whenever the group had the inevitable mechanical problems.



Show Date: Sunday 20th March, 2016
Location: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla
Free entry for all events

Follow us or tag us on Instagram at #cronullacarshow


Friday, 4 December 2015

15 Weeks to go ...

The countdown is on folks ... make sure you mark the date on your calendars now.

T minus 15 weeks and counting.

Event Organiser Ken Warburton continues to sign-up an exciting range of pre-WWII vintage cars and bikes for next year's Cronulla Show.

Sunday March 20th - 2016

Monday, 16 November 2015

2016 Raffle - 2nd Prize

'Samui Sunset' is our 2016 Raffle 2nd Prize

Do you have a taste for adventure? At just $5.00 per ticket you will have a chance to pick up some major prizes in our 2016 Grand Raffle.

Raffle 2nd Prize: A 5-day accommodation package 
at 'Samui Sunset' on Koh Samui Island 
in Thailand [air-fare not included].
2nd Prize is a 5-day accommodation package in the luxury villa 'Samui Sunset' located on the resort island of Koh Samui, Thailand. 

The accommodation package, is valued at $2,000.00. 

Samui Sunset 22G provides the perfect setting for a magical tropical holiday. With the upmarket Choeng Mon beach only a leisurely 3-minute walk away, guests can look forward to long & lazy days on the sand drinking cocktails and receiving massages while listening to the sounds of the waves rolling in.

Recently built, the architecturally designed 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom garden villa situated in the prestigious Horizon Development. The villa offers guests 24-hour security and private pool and shady sala, perfect for drinks after a day in the sun.

Additionally, the villa includes a 42-inch Plasma TV, DVD player and i-Pod docking station with outdoor speakers together with air-conditioning & ceiling fans and free Wi-Fi throughout the building. Everything you need for a self-catered holiday.

For all the 2016 Grand Raffle details go to our Raffle information page.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

New updated logo for our 2016 Show

New updated logo for our 2016 Show

We are excited today to release the new logo for our Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show for Sunday 20th March 2016 in the Cronulla Mall.

A big thanks goes to Rodrigo Silva, the resident Graphic Designer at Sylvanvale HQ in Kirrawee for polishing up our original concept into this shiny new gem.

This logo will now be used on all our social media and promotional material for our next Show.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Our 2016 Raffle 1st prize has landed ...

Scintillating Rosso Dragon Vespa Sprint 150.

We are stoked that we have just taken delivery of our 1st prize in our 2016 Raffle.

Event Organiser Ken Warburton said that he is excited to add another new element to our 2016 Show: A grand raffle. One lucky ticket holder in March 2016 will be able to ride off on this lustrous late model Vespa Scooter.

1st Prize in our 2016 Raffle will be this scintillating new scooter: a Rosso Dragon Vespa Sprint 150. It has a new showroom value of $7,300 and comes complete, ready to hit the highway with 1 year's registration for the lucky winner. It could be yours for just a mere $5.00 investment in the raffle. 

Rosso, by-the-way, is the Italian word for 'red'.

2nd Prize is a 5-day accommodation package in a luxury villa 'Samui Sunset' located on the resort island of Koh Samui, Thailand. Valued at $2,000.00

3rd Prize is a 4-burner, Stainless steel, free standing barbecue unit. Completely fitted out with all accessories, ready to cook up a storm and valued at $900.00

Tickets for the chance to win this majestic little red Vespa machine or a chance to collect one of the two runner-up prizes can be yours for just a mere $5.00 each. With all proceeds of the raffle going towards the Sylvanvale Foundation.

Tickets are available on line now. CLICK HERE to purchase.

For detailed tech specs on the Rosso Dragon Vespa Sprint 150 go to our Raffle Page

Friday, 16 October 2015

Rare '36 Indian bike to join our two-wheeled 2016 line-up

One of the most outstanding examples of a '36 Indian 4 Motorcycle in Australia will be on display at our next event on 20th March, 2016. 

This particular '36 Indian '4' bike was known as the '36 Indian '4' overhead exhaust, side inlet. Also known as the 'Ugly 4' or the 'upside-down four'.

Keeping his promise that classic Vintage bikes will be joining our Show line-up in 2016, Event Organiser, Ken Warburton announced that John McDonald will be displaying his rare & awesome '34 Indian '4'. [pictured below].

Indian is a brand of motorcycles that was produced in Springfield, Massachusetts, US from 1901 to 1953. Hendee Manufacturing Company initially produced the motorcycles but the name was changed to Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company in 1928.

Back in 1978, life-long bike enthusiast, John McDonald, a former Qantas Flight Flight Attendant, purchased his personal ride, a 1936 Indian '4' during a 1-day stopover on a Qantas work trip to Brisbane, Qld. John spotted an ad in the local Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper advertising a motorbike Speedo for sale.

John McDonald's personal ride, a
'36 Indian '4' will be on public show at
our next Vintage Car and Bike Show

John rang the telephone number on speculation and went around to visit the seller's house on the same day.

When he purchased the speedo he noticed a large number of motorcycles under the old house. Three of them were Indian '4's and as he showed interest in them, he was promised one if and when they were to be sold.

Around 3 months later, he received a telephone call that it was available so he drove up to Brisbane and brought it home. That was in the mid '70s and he paid $2000 for it. 

Today, the bike's value greatly surpasses that and is in the vicinity of around $90,000.

The bike has now been restored and is left in its original condition. It features it original paint job except for the tank, which had to be pulled apart and tinned (soldered) all over for preservation. John purchased the large soldering iron from Arab Street in Singapore. The only place that had an electric one big enough. John says that under the rear mudguard's tail-light you can see an excellent example of the mudguard's factory original 1936 paint job.

John's example is the only know running machine of the same make & model currently on the road in Australia.

John will be travelling from his home in Berry, NSW in March next year to Cronulla to proudly exhibit his pride and joy at our 20th March, 2016 - Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show in Cronulla.

A 'must see' for any enthusiast of the world's pioneering motoring vehicles and to see how far the motorcycle industry has come since the industry's early days.


Indian Trivia: The Indian Motorcycle Co. was originally founded as the Hendee Manufacturing Company by George M. Hendee in 1897 to manufacture bicycles. These were initially badged as "Silver King" and "Silver Queen" brands but the name "American Indian", quickly shortened to just 'Indian', was adopted by Hendee from 1898 onwards because it gave better product recognition in export markets. 

Oscar Hedstrom joined in 1900. Both Hendee and Hedstrom were former bicycle racers and manufacturers, and they teamed up to produce a motorcycle with a 1.75 bhp, single-cylinder engine in Hendee's home town of Springfield, Massachusetts.


Friday, 9 October 2015

From our March 2015 Show ...

From our 2015 Show ...

A 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost - truly worth millions ...

An incredible auto pedigree places these fine examples of preserved cars at values in the tens of millions of dollars. The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost refers both to a car model and to one specific car from that series.

The car was named the 'Silver Ghost' to emphasise its ghost-like quietness, and a plaque bearing this name adorned the vehicle's bulkhead. 

First made at Royce's Manchester UK works, with production moving to Derby, UK in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

The magnificent 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
on display in Cronulla Mall in March 2015
The car was originally given the name 'Silver Ghost'. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognised by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the "Best car in the world" – a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious British auto publication, Autocar in 1907. 

In the model's early development, an open-top Roi-des-Belges body by coach-builder Barker was fitted, and the car was readied for the Scottish reliability trials of 1907 and, immediately afterwards, another 15,000-mile (24,000 km) test which included driving between London and Glasgow 27 times.

The chassis and engine were also used as the basis of a range of Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars.

The few remaining Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts are considered to be one of the most valuable cars in the world; in 2005 one vehicle alone in the USA placed its insured value at US$35 million.

These days Rolls-Royce produce about 4,000 cars a year and are a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW.

Don't miss our upcoming 20 March 2016 Show, for details: click here 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Vintage Bikes to join the line-up in 2016 ...

Vintage Bikes to join the Vintage Car line-up in March 2016

Event Organiser Ken Warburton has announced that 10 pre-WWII vintage motor bikes will join the line-up of 50 vintage cars for the 20 March 2016 event.

We can expect to see some classic bikes - like this Indian taking their place alongside the cars in the relaxed sea-side atmosphere of the Cronulla Mall in Cronulla.

There will be an assortment of private entries as well as Club entries, as enthusiasts come together to share their passion for Vintage bikes and cars

Sunday, 4 October 2015

From our March 2015 Show ...

From our March 2015 Show ...

Screenshot from Cronulla News
[click to enlarge]

A clip from the Cronulla News on-line covering our March 2015 Show an event where we raised $14,000 for the Sylvandale Foundation.

Thanks to Cronulla News. 

For more information about Cronulla News anytime, and to view their website: Click Here

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Cars: From our March 2015 Show

Cars: From our March 2015 Show: 

1934 Chrysler Airflow. In 1934 Chrysler's Engineering Department began to experiment with aerodynamic designs by building a wind tunnel at their Highland Park, Michigan plant. 

The resulting test also incorporated the monocoque (unibody) construction to both strengthen the construction of the car while reducing its overall drag, and thus increasing the power-to-drag ratio as the lighter, more streamlined body allowed air to flow around it instead of being caught through upright forms, such as radiator grilles, car while reducing its overall drag, and thus increasing the power-to-drag ratio as the lighter, more streamlined body allowed air to flow around it instead of being caught through upright forms, such as radiator grilles, headlights and windshields.

A gorgeous 1934 Chrysler Airflow.
Outside Berkelouw's Bookstore in Cronulla Mall.
Prior to the Airflow's debut, Chrysler did a publicity stunt in which they reversed the axles and steering gear, which allowed the car to be driven "backwards" throughout Detroit. The stunt caused a near panic, but the marketing department felt that this would send a hint that Chrysler was planning something big. The car that emerged was like no other American production car to date.

The Airflow, which was heavily influenced by streamlining design movement, was sleek and low compared to other cars on American roads. The car's grille work cascaded forward and downward forming a waterfall look where other makes featured fairly upright radiators. Headlights were semi-flush to areas immediate to the grille. The front fenders enclosed the running surface of the tire tread. In the rear, Airflows encased the rear wheels through the use of fender skirts.

[Above] Chrysler brochure from
the 1934 New York Auto Show
[click to enlarge]
To get the details for our next show on 20 March 2016: Click here

The car was introduced months (in January, 1934) before it was put in production, and production peaked at only 6,212 units in May 1934 — very late in the year and barely enough to give every dealer a single Chrysler Airflow. The factory had not accounted for significant manufacturing challenges and expense due to the unusual new Airflow design, which required an unprecedented number and variety of welding techniques. 

The early '34 Airflows arriving at Chrysler dealerships across America suffered from significant problems, mostly the result of faulty manufacturing. According to Fred Breer, son of Chrysler Engineer Carl Breer, the first 2,000 to 3,000 Airflows to leave the factory had major defects, including engines breaking loose from their mountings at 80 mph (130 km/h).

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Entertainment: Bryce Cohen and The Band signed up ...

Bryce Cohen and Band signed up for 2016

For our live music entertainment roster at next year's Vintage Car & Bike Show in the Cronulla Mall on 20 MAR '16 - we have signed up Cronulla local talent; Bryce Cohen, who is one of Sydney’s hottest, young Blues Guitarist/Singers.

Bryce exploded onto the live music Arena scene over three years ago.

Bryce was one of the youngest artists to headline with his own band at Sydney’s high-profile Live Music Venues.

Bryce Cohen’s original songs have been nominated as Finalist two years running in The AIMA’s. Bryce’s Song, ‘Patience’ (Live Recording), achieved TOP 5 FINALIST 2013 (AIMA).

See Bryce's Facebook:

Looking back: From our 2015 Show ...

Looking back - from our 2015 Show

One of the most popular cars at our 2015 Show in Cronulla was the immaculately turned out 1929 Model A Tudor, 2-door Ford in a striking 'Yellow Cab Co' livery. 

This car was used during the filming of The Great Gatsby in Sydney in 2011/12.

The car's owner is Jim Allingham of Miranda. Jim is a member of the Model A Ford Club of New South Wales.

The vehicle was part of about 27 Vintage cars that were on loan to the movie set and used for scenes during the filming in Sydney.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Media Release: 2016 Cronulla Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show

Cronulla's Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show set for Sunday 20th March 2016

Oh yes, it's back ... Event Organiser and vintage car enthusiast, Ken Warburton promises that the 2016 Pre-WWII Vintage Car Show will be bigger and better than the 2015 Show.

Event Organiser, Ken Warburton
announces an expanded Show for 2016
After the outstanding success of the March 2015 Vintage Car Show in the Cronulla Mall, Ken says the 2nd Annual Show will now expand to include a display of 20 Pre-WWII Vintage motor bikes.

The March 2015 Show attracted more than 20,000 locals, visitors & tourists and was organised by the Sylvanvale Foundation and the Cronulla Rotary Club and was supported by the Sutherland Shire Council. 

The community-based charity event raised more than $12,000 for Sylvanvale.

The last show in March 2015, featured a classic mix of 45 Pre-WWII vintage cars on static display in the Cronulla Mall.

Sunday, 20th March, 2016 will see the Cronulla Mall come alive with automobile nostalgia as at least 50 pre-WWII immaculately restored vintage cars and vehicles will take pride of place alongside the addition of 20 vintage motor-bikes on static display.

The heart of the Cronulla CBD is the Cronulla Street Mall, situated by-the-sea, offering a wide selection of shops, restaurants and cafes adjacent to the car displays. 

There will also be themed market stalls on the day and live music, including bands and free entertainment on the main undercover stage and throughout the mall.

Mr Warburton said it will a great fun day out for the entire family.

Pre-WWII Vintage cars on display in Cronulla's Mall
in March 2015 an event that attracted 20,000 locals & 

EVENT: 2016 Cronulla Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show

DATE: Sunday 20th March, 2016

TIME: 9:00am until 4:00pm

LOCATION: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla Beach, Sydney, NSW

PARKING: Free of charge in Cronulla's multi-level parking station, on-street parking or beach-side parking.

COST: Free of any entry fees for everyone

The event will raise funds for Sylvanvale, an organisation helping people with an intellectual disability, by providing services such as accommodation, day programs and respite care. 
For more about Sylvanvale - Click here visit their website