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




Promotion: 2SSR-FM 'Good Life Drive'


Promotion: 2SSR-FM 'Good Life Drive' with Ann Warren


Ken Warburton & 2SSR-FM
Presenter Ann Warren
Promoting our Sunday 20th March Show, Event organiser Ken Warburton took to the Shire's airwaves when he was gently placed behind the golden microphone and was interviewed by the lovely Ann Warren at 2SSR-FM studios in Gymea.

Ann was most impressed with the charitable aspect of our Event and the connecting Ken Warburton story - which is; Ken's family history and deep ties to the Sylvanvale foundation.

It was also revealed that Ann was a bit of a car fan and was a visitor to last year's inaugural show in Cronulla in March 2015. She also went on record to say she will not miss this year's event and plans to stroll the tiles of the Cronulla Mall admiring the Vintage cars and motor-bikes.

Ann's show 'Good Life Drive' can be heard on Sutherland Shire Community Radio - 2SSR-FM every Thursday between 4:00 and 6:00pm.



Drive time host, Ann Warren interviews
Ken Warburton 'live on air' in 

the 2SSR-FM Studios in Gymea.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Indian motorcycles, once used by the NSW Police Force


NSW Police Force Indian bikes from the '30s era


Today, Indian brand motor bikes are among the most unique & collectable Vintage motor bikes in the world. Indian motor bikes were used extensively by the Military in WWII but NSW Police Force were even earlier to recognise the bikes would make perfect road patrol use.


A NSW Police sergeant
poses on his '30s era
Indian sidecar machine
The NSW Police Force used Indian motor bikes back in the 1930s. Have a look at the great Indian photos here.

On Sunday 20th March, 2016 the Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show in the Cronulla Mall is introducing a display of pre-1939 vintage motor-bikes for the first time. 

You can expect to see some classic Indian bikes making up part of the static Vintage Bike display on Sunday 20th March in the Cronulla Mall.

Indian motor-cycles have been around since Australian federation. The first Indian motor cycle was sold to a retail customer back in the US back 1902.

The earliest bikes were Royal Blue or the optional black paint, but this year the company introduced a deep red called Vermillion, which became better known as “Indian Red.”

The Jackpine Gypsies, a Sturgis, South Dakota based, Indian Motorcycle club, held a race called the Black Hills Classic that went on to be held annually and evolved into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.


The Sturgis Rally is now the world's biggest motorcycle rally and is held each August in Sturgis, South Dakota.
NSW Police once patrolled 
state roads using
Indian sidecar units

The driving force behind the Sturgis event was J.C. (Clarence) “Pappy” Hoel, the local Indian Motorcycle dealer.

Indian motorcycles are still manufactured today.

You can expect to be carried back in time when you see an amazing selection of pre-WWII motor bikes on display in Cronulla and there will certainly be some fine examples of Indian motor bikes from this very same era on display.

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






Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Countdown - 20 days and counting ...


The countdown continues to draw closer
Show day is now T-minus 20 days and counting ...