Friday, 25 November 2016

Here's what happened at our 2016 Show ...


Check our 2016 Snapshot

Folks, for those of you who maybe didn't make our Show in March 2016 - here's a 1-page snapshot of the event. If you were there among the 20,000 other car & bike enthusiasts who did attend, it will be a good summary of what you saw and experienced.

This is more designed to make people aware of what they might have missed. 



Charged with making the 19th March 2017, our 3rd Annual Show a bigger and better show, Event Director, Ken Warburton says he'll have a major announcement to make toward the end of 2016.

Ken said, "We are working on some major drawcards that will broaden the appeal to all the family and be a real feather in our cap for Cronulla and our show."

Ken went on say "the cornerstone of our event will be an intoxicating mix of rare Pre-WWII cars & motor bikes - vehicles and machines that you just don't see every day. It's the biggest event of its kind in Sydney." 

Our Show in the Cronulla Mall is a place where the timeline unfolds like the pages of history, a proud new chapter is set to be written in March 2017.

Mark it on your calendars now ...

Location: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla Beach, NSW

Date: Sunday 19th March, 2017

Time: 9:00am thru to 4:00pm.

Cost: Entrance is free of charge

This is a community based, non-profit event and will once again be organised and run by volunteers from Cronulla Rotary with all funds raised donated to Sylvanvale.








Thursday, 13 October 2016



Folks, you can mark this date in your calendars now.



"What can everyday objects created by ordinary people tell us about new ways to solve problems and make life better?" A great deal, Henry Ford believed.


The 3rd annual Pre-WWII Car & Bike Show will once again bring Australia's unique motoring history and millions of dollars worth of vintage pre-1939 cars and bikes together to grace the tiles of the Cronulla Mall.

With the cars and bikes lined up side by side, the Cronulla Mall is transformed into an outdoor museum and in addition, it will be chocka block with beach-side festivities, plenty of kids rides and buskers entertaining everyone throughout the mall. 


Promising an amazing line-up of unique and collectable vehicles, Event Founder Ken Warburton has carefully curated the exhibition to match all tastes. Our 2017 event will be bigger and brighter, he promises.

Ken said show visitors will be impressed with some of the rarest vehicles in Australia making their debut appearance in Cronulla in 2017.

No where else in Sydney can the public get face to face with such highly sought after and prized motoring machines.

In Cronulla, vehicle owners stand proudly next to their beloved machines and are happy to engage you with extraordinary stories and expert insights in the way no image or description can do on its own.

This remarkable Show combined with Cronulla's amazing selection of restaurants, cafes, dining and retail therapy guarantee an absolutely spectacular & memorable day out for the entire family.

Location: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla Beach, NSW

Date: Sunday 19th March, 2017

Time: 9:00am thru to 4:00pm.

Cost: Entrance is free of charge

This is a community based, non-profit event and will once again be organised and run by volunteers from Cronulla Rotary with all funds raised donated to Sylvanvale.




Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Social: Burt Munro Motorcycle Cafe opens in Exeter


New: Burt Munro Motorcycle Cafe opens in Tasmania


The introduction of Pre-WWII Vintage motor-bikes proved a big hit at our March 2016 Show in Cronulla. Now motor-cycle & motoring enthusiasts visiting the island state of Tasmania have a new venue they have to put on their 'must see' & 'must do' lists.


Tibor's brother Roman Mucha of Burt Munro's Cafe 
with a 1941 Indian Scout. Photo: Toli Papadopoulos
Ever since he was 16, Tibor Mucha had been motorcycle enthusiast. Tibor had always envisioned a dream to open up his very own motorcycle themed cafe.

In 2016, that childhood dream has become a reality and the brand new Burt Munro's Cafe is up and running in Exeter, in the beautiful Tamar River Valley, Tasmania. 

Exeter is just located just 24Ks north of Tasmania's second biggest city, Launceston.

For this Tasmanian, now at the age of 59, an ardent collector has given up a life of labour to showcase his impressive motorcycle collection and relics to the world. 

The Cafe is named after famous New Zealand motorcycle speedster Burt Munro, who's life story, efforts and success are the basis for the 2005 film 'World's Fastest Indian'.


Roof logo and sign. Photo: Nostalgic Tours
MORE: Who was Burt Munro?

Mr Mucha has opened up Burt Munro's Cafe in the midst of the town of Exeter. 

He has displayed eight of his collections, spanning from 1934 to modern era, with at least 30 more machines still to arrive. 

“Since I was 16, I’ve collected, and then I journeyed to America to source out and buy bikes, and I still go to England and buy bikes and bring them back,” he said.

He said the public had been inspired by the nostalgic and authentic displays.

Mr Mucha said he’d restored some motorcycles out of used parts, achieved with specialist purchases made online and from attending countless swap meets. 

Burt Munro's Cafe interior. Photo: Nostalgic Tours
His brother, Roman Mucha said the coffee shop has only been open for three weeks and is already proving to be a hit with both locals and visitors alike. 

The township of Exeter only has a resident population of around 400, but has a great number of tourists and travelers passing along the West Tamar Highway.

“We’ve got the '50s music playing here, and with the coffee and the pedigree bike displays, it’s something very different.” 


MORE: Exeter - Discover Tasmania
MORE: Our 2017 Cronulla Show dates announced

Thanks to Toli Papadopoulos of the Launceston Examiner for the story and photo of Roman.
Thanks to Nostalgic Tours Tasmania for the other photos.



Perfect road-side stop... 
scones with a cuppa at 
Burt Munro's Cafe
Photo: Nostalgic Tours



Monday, 1 August 2016

2017 - Show Date Announced


2017 - SHOW DATE ANNOUNCED

Event Organiser for Cronulla's annual Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show, Ken Warbuton said this week that he was pleased to announce the firmed up date for the 2017 Show.


Event Organiser
Ken Warburton
The event will take place in the Cronulla Mall on Sunday 19th March, 2017.

Now in its third year - the 2017 3rd Annual Show promises to be even bigger and better than previous 2015 and 2016 shows.

Mr Warburton said; "We expanded our 2016 Show to include pre-WWII motor bikes and that proved very popular indeed, now we want to make the March 2017 Show even bigger and we have been working closely with the Sutherland Shire Council on how we can expand our display area to incorporate even more exhibition space."

The focus for the Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show is custom-coachwork Classics and unique utility, sports/racing and special interest vehicles and machines with historical importance produced prior to 1939.

This is a community
 based, non-profit event and will once again be organised and run by volunteers from Cronulla Rotary with all funds raised donated to Sylvanvale.



Thursday, 14 April 2016

News: The very best of vintage British bikes at Tasmanian motorcycle show



On display in Hobart: The very best of vintage British bikes at Tasmanian motorcycle show

With a boom in tourism and population growth, the island state of Tasmania known for its colonial heritage also has some real hidden gems in vintage motorcycles. 

A recent show brought out some classics. It's worth close to a million dollars and is considered the “Bugatti of the motorbike world” by those in the know.

A 1938 Brough Superior took centre stage at the British Motorcycle Club of Tasmania’s classic motorcycle show in mid-March 2016, drawing thousands of patrons to Hobart's city's suburban Richmond Town Hall.

Howard Burrows with his British1910 Matchless. 
Pictures: Sam Rosewarne
“That bike will be worth $1 million in a few years time,” said event organiser Howard Burrows .

Mr Burrows said a club member bought the bike from the UK for $600,000 about a year ago. Mr Burrows said the bike’s original owner bought it new in 1938.

“He went to war in ’39 and couldn’t ride it anymore when he got back,” Mr Burrows said.

It sat untouched in pieces for many years before being snapped up by the Tasmanian buyer.

A British 1938 SS100 Brough Superior,
is valued at $600,000.
Mr Burrows said this year’s classic motorcycle show, which was held on March 12 & 13, 2016, had been the club’s most successful since it started holding the annual show four years ago.

He said the 49 motorcycles on display ranged from a 1910 model through to a new Triumph.

“It’s all about nostalgia,” he said.

“Most men in their 70s and 80s and older, they all had motorcycles when they were young ... They love to reminisce about them.”

But Mr Burrows said it wasn’t only men who loved to reminisce about motorcycles.

“I had a 92-year-old lady sit on my 1912 P&M. She said she used to have one when she was a girl,” he said.


Thanks to the Hobart Mercury for this story by Loretta Lohberger.



Thursday, 31 March 2016

2016 Wrap-up: Raffle 1st Prize Winner


Raffle 1st Prize Winner

Steve Horn, of Putney in Sydney was the man who's lucky ticket stub was drawn out of the barrel. Steve is now the proud owner of the brand new sporty 2015 Rosso Dragon Vespa Sprint 150 - which was our 1st Prize in the 2016 Raffle.

Steve was playing a round of golf in Cronulla the day that he purchased that golden ticket.

A massive thanks to everyone that supported the 2016 raffle and the Sylvanvale Foundation by purchasing a raffle ticket.


Steve Horn accepts delivery of his new Vespa Scooter
Hand delivered by Event Organiser
Ken Warburton

We are pleased to announce the results of the draw of the 2016 Raffle which was conducted at Sylvanvale Headquarters in Kirrawee on Monday, 21st March, 2016 at 3:00pm. 

The joint honour of drawing the winning Raffle ticket went to Sylvanvale CEO, Pauline Stanley and Maria Moran, President elect of Cronulla Rotary.

FOR FULL RAFFLE DETAILS - click here


Thursday, 24 March 2016

2016 Wrap-up: Media coverage - The Leader






The Shire Leader Newspaper also published a half-page photo gallery in their hard copy, print edition on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016.
Photos by Steve Core
Many thanks to the Leader for their great coverage.

Double click to enlarge




Wednesday, 23 March 2016

2016 Wrap-up: Raffle Results


2016 Monster Raffle Results

We would like to thank the thousands of people who supported our event and especially all those that helped raise vital funds for Sylvanvale by purchasing a ticket in our 2016 Raffle.

We are pleased to announce the results of the draw of the 2016 Raffle which was conducted at Sylvanvale Headquarters in Kirrawee on Monday, 21st March, 2016 at 3:00pm. 

The joint honour of drawing the winning Raffle ticket went to Sylvanvale CEO, Pauline Stanley and Maria Moran, President elect of Cronulla Rotary.

1st Prize - Vespa Scooter the sporty 2015 Rosso Dragon Vespa Sprint 150 was our 1st Prize in the 2016 Raffle.

1st Prize Winner: Steve Horn of Putney, NSW


Vespa Winner
Steve Horn of Putney in Sydney


















2nd Prize - Thailand Accommodation Package

2nd Prize Alan Ayres of Lilli Pilli

3rd Prize - Barbecue

3rd Prize Frank Cawse of Cronulla


Motor-cycle enthusiast, Frank Cawse
of Cronulla accepts delivery of his
3rd prize 4-burner Barbecue.




2016 Wrap-up: Media coverage - Cronulla News


Why was a boat at a Car & Motorcycle Show?


by Cronulla News Editor John Mulcair

The 1927 Ford Model T coupe certainly fitted in, but the boat it towed looked like a duck out of water at Cronulla Rotary's Vintage Car and Motorcycle Show in Cronulla Plaza on Sunday.

Colin Wade and the first Hawkesbury 
River Bridge to Bridge racer, Invader
But it certainly has history, and it did come with a vintage Ford.

In 1932, two Hawkesbury River area farmers, the Irwin  brothers, were facing a challenge from neighbours.

They followed plans they found in a book to build a speedboat for the contest – in what became the first Bridge to Bridge Hawkesbury River race. These days it’s a water skiing race.

Beer from a rope

The brothers, aboard Invader – which we saw on Sunday – was one of the two boats that raced between the bridges for a bottle of beer hanging from a rope.

Owner Colin Wade of Rouse Hill said Invader was originally powered by a Cadillac motor which the brothers salvaged from a wrecked car used by one of the most colourful NSW Premiers, Jack Lang.

The boat was raced on until 1939, then spent the second world war years from 1939 to 1945 in a barn out of respect to servicemen and women.


Hunt Brothers of Kogarah dealer’s plate 
on the dashboard of the T Model Ford
Original condition

Mr Wade purchased it in 1989 and it remains in its original condition, along with with its home-made trailer.

The T model Ford has its own story.

Mr Wade first saw it when he was 16 and knew he wanted to buy it.

The buyer would not sell, and would not over 42 years.

This changed after his death – and now the previous owner’s son wants to buy it back.

He’s in for a long wait.

An initial tally of the money raised by Cronulla Rotary Club for Sylvanvale at the Show last Sunday was more than $20,000 – more than double last year’s total. 

Thanks to Cronulla News for the story and photos. 

To visit Cronulla News website click here



2016 Wrap-up: Media Coverage - The Leader







Thousands attend Cronulla’s Pre WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show

An estimated 20,000 spectators crowded into Cronulla Mall yesterday to attend the Pre WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show.

The annual event showcased rare vintage cars and bikes, with money raised on the day going to support Sylvanvale.

The event was presented by Cronulla Rotary and supported by Sutherland Shire Council.
The event’s organiser Ken Warburton was overwhelmed with the turnout.

Cronulla Mall was chock-a-block for the
 2016 Vintage Car & Bike Show
Photo: Steve Core
"The Cronulla Mall was chock-a-block," he said.

"There were so many onlookers you could hardly see the motor vehicles or bikes," he said.

"The Vintage Motor bikes were also a great hit with the spectators. I'm sure that including the two-wheelers this year was a major drawcard.”

Winner of the People’s Choice Award for the day was the 1908 Renault owned by Bill and Robyn Betts from Mittagong.

Mr and Mrs Betts dressed in period costume for the event and allowed spectators to be photographed in their vintage car for a gold coin donation.

Also popular with the crowd was Colin Wade’s 1927 Model T Ford Coupe towing a 1933 speedboat called Invader that took part in the first Bridge to Bridge race on the Hawkesbury in 1933.

Other big drawcards included the 1923 Rolls Royce owned by Peter Moran of Moran Aged Care Group, and the 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith owned by Paul Hesse.

Mr Warburton said the proceeds from the day were still being tallied but the event was expected to have raised more than $20,000 for Sylvanvale.

To view the Leader's Photo Gallery of the Show click here




2016 Wrap-up: Media coverage - Cronulla News

From Cronulla News on-line

Sun shone on spectacular Cronulla car & bike show 

by Cronulla News Editor John Mulcair

Luckily they could shine.

A beautifully restored Harley Davidson, 
with an original condition Indian in the background



















A spectacular array of pre-World War II vintage cars and motorcycles caught a rare sunny gap in the weather to draw big crowds to Cronulla Plaza on Sunday.

The second time the event has been run, it was a great success for organiser Cronulla Rotary Club, which staged it to raise funds for the Sylvanvale Foundation.
Originals, too

The vehicles on show ranged from those kept in original condition to the beautifully restored by countless hours of dedications and money.

Shown for the first time, motorcycles dated from the early 1900s, with Rundles, Indians and Harley Davidsons amongst those exhibited.

As for the most interesting car? With every example made unique by its restoration it would be brave to make a pick. Let’s just say it would be a personal call for everyone.

The view the Cronulla News photo gallery click here



Tuesday, 22 March 2016

2016 Wrap-up: People's Choice Award


1908 Renault carries off 2016 People's Choice Award

Show attendees [the general public] were all invited to vote in the 2016 People’s Choice Award for the best car on show in the Cronulla Mall. Voters had all day to cast their votes free of charge.

Exhibiting the winning car were Mr Bill Betts [in the bowler hat] & Mrs Robyn Betts of Mittagong, NSW, both were dressed in turn-of-the-century period dress with Mrs Betts making use of a parasol to protect her from the elements. 

Mr & Mrs Betts of Mittagong, NSW
pose beside their1908 Renault car
in the Cronulla Mall. 
They are photographed in the Cronulla Mall alongside their vintage 1908 Renault car.

Mr and Mrs Betts were allowing spectators to sit in their Vintage 1908 Renault to take photos in return for a gold coin donation that went directly to the Sylvanvale Foundation.

The prize for the People’s Choice Award of the best car on show was $200.00

A $100 cash prize went to show-goer Bernie Eather who voted for free in the People's Choce awards and selected the winning car.

Photo courtesy of Cronulla News

Friday, 18 March 2016

Leader - page 15 story


The Leader story

The photo-story from The Leader newspaper this week - from page 15. Has already generated several good responses including people wanting to put their cars and bikes in the show at the last minute. 

The Leader story
[click to enlarge[

Thursday, 17 March 2016

'27 NSW Police squad car


1927 Chevrolet NSW Police service vehicle

Another unusal and rare car that we have just added to the line-up for this coming Sunday in the Cronulla Mall is this ex-NSW Police service vehicle. It's a 1927 Chevrolet.

It saw service in the NSW Hunter Valley region. Working in the Wellington and Singleton areas.


One of our sponsors, Peter Deane, of Kirrawee
poses with the 1927 ex-NSW Police Chevrolet.
[that's him in the middle!]

The car will grace the tiles in the Cronulla Mall on Sunday 20th, March and will be proudly on public display with a driver dressed in a NSW Police regulation uniform that accurately reflects the exact same era of service for the period .


Photos taken at the old NSW Police Academy
building in Bourke Street, Redfern

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 either 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 the Sylvanvale website


To see the list of all of our event sponsors, please visit our Sponsors Page

Monday, 14 March 2016

Leader: Runs a story promoting our Car & Bike Show


The Leader: March 2016









A good vintage: Ken Warburton with his 1931 Model A Ford Cabriolet 
and Tony Blain with his 1934 Harley Davidson motorcycle, two of 
the exhibits at the Pre-WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show to be 
held at Cronulla on Sunday, March 20. 
Photo Location: Perryman Place, Cronulla earlier this week

From The Leader - Photo by John Veage

From the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader:


The popular Pre-WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show returns to Cronulla on Sunday, March 20 giving enthusiasts the chance to see classic cars worth millions of dollars.

Presented by Cronulla Rotary, the rally will feature rare vintage cars and bikes including an AH Beard 1937 Oldsmobile, a 1931 Model A Ford Cabriolet and a 1934 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

There will also be children’s activities, stalls and live entertainment.


Rally organiser Ken Warburton said that vintage car lovers will be overwhelmed with the quality of the exhibits.


"They can expect to see 45 Pre-WWII vintage motor vehicles and 25 Pre-WWII vintage motor bikes," he said.


"This will include 15 Model A Fords, eight Model T Fords and a 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost


"This is a very rare gathering of vintage motor vehicles".


"We are bringing museum to the tiles of Cronulla Plaza worth millions of dollars."


More than 20,000 attended the event at Cronulla last year.

All funds raised on the day will support Sylvanvale. Rally organiser Ken Warburton has a strong connection with Sylvanvale as his mother and father were part of a group of parents who established the organisation in 1947.


Today, Sylvanvale supports more than 600 people and provides services to people with a disability, families and communities across Sydney and the Blue Mountains.


The rally will be held in Cronulla Plaza from 9:00am to 4:00pm.


Many thanks to The Leader









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 the Sylvanvale website

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Entertainment: English & the Doc make an appointment


English & the Doc join the talent line-up

Local boys, Jame
s English and Oliver Savy go by the stage handle of ‘English & The Doc’ they are another Shire-based band with a fresh original sound consisting primarily of Acoustic guitar and African percussion.

English and the Doc will play
the main Cronulla Mall stage on
Sunday 20th March
After tuning their performance touring through London and recording their originals along the way - they are back now in Australia and performing regularly throughout Sydney.

They have shared the stage with top Australian musical acts like; Diesel, Dragon, Choir Boys and many more during their successful return.

Each show consists of covers and original songs and catering to all tastes with an energetic mix of rock, pop, reggae, funk and alternative tunes. With a percussive sound that is sure to get you moving along with them for the ride.

English and the Doc will be on our Cronulla main stage for a mid-afternoon rocking session. They are part of our free entertainment all day of the show.

To check out English and the Doc Facebook page: click here

Our musical acts will be performing free of charge on the Cronulla Mall's main outdoor stage.

Our live music entertainment section of the day's program will begin just after midday and continue right through to 3:45pm.

Between strolling through the Vintage cars and bikes you can take time out to grab a coffee, a bite to eat or a cold drink and sit & relax and take in the rocking sounds of some of the Shire's top musicians.


Friday, 11 March 2016

Additional Gold Sponsor: Moran Health Care Group


Additional Gold Sponsor: Moran Health Care Group


Today the Moran Health Care Group has committed to be another major supporter of the Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show by signing on as a Gold Sponsor.

Moran Aged Care Homes, provide premium lifestyle and residential aged care in Sylvania and Engadine.

To visit the Moran Health Care Group website click here

The Moran Group now join our growing list of Gold Sponsors:

We would like to acknowledge and thank all of our sponsors for their generous contributions towards our free, community-based Sylvanvale charity event.

The Gold Sponsorship list now stands as follows:

1] Shirewide Towing Pty Ltd of Caringbah

2] O'Briens Auto Body Repairs of Caringbah

3] Cronulla Chamber of Commerce of Cronulla

4] A.H.Beard of Padstow

5] Cronulla R.S.L. Club of Cronulla

6] Burraneer Bay Real Estate of Burraneer

7] Moran Health Care Group of Engadine


The Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show is a free community based event and every cent raised goes towards the Sylvanvale Foundation.

Date: Sunday 20th March, 2016

Venue: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla Beach, NSW

Time: 9:00am until 4:00pm

To see the list of all of our event sponsors, please visit our Sponsors Page