Tuesday, 31 October 2017

2018 Show Dates Announced

Event Director Ken Warburton is happy to announce that we have locked in the dates for our 4th Annual Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show for Cronulla on Sunday 15th April, 2018.

Once again, we are a Community-based event, with all net proceeds raised from our event going to the Sylvanvale Foundation

Ken Warbuton is promising that our 4th Show in April 2018 will be even bigger and better than any previous shows. Our main display area will be the Cronulla Mall and we have the fantastic cooperation from the Sutherland Shire Council to use some associated display venues.

This event allows all our marvelous supporters to show off their astonishing Pre-WWII machinery of days gone bye to all generations.

Please make the effort to support our community event by just turning up. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in the Cronulla Mall on Sunday 15th April, 2018. Mark it on your calendars now.

2018 Show presented by Sylvanvale

EVENT: Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show
DATE: Sunday 15th April, 2018
TIME: 9:00am to 4:00pm
LOCATION: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla, NSW
& Peryman Square on North Cronulla Beach

Friday, 21 April 2017

2017: On the buses with Mark

Great shot of the two Sydney Vintage buses we had on display in 2017 parked on the tiles of Perryman Square on Cronulla Beach. The buses were kindly provided by the Sydney Bus Museum.

This photo was taken by NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman, who was a VIP guest at our Show.

Both these images are from MP Mark Speakman's Twitter account.

[from L to R]: Rob Mason CEO NSW Trainlink. Sylvanvale CEO Leanne Fretten. 
MP Mark Speakman. Howard Collins, OBE, Chief Executive Sydney Trains,
Ken Warburton, Event Organiser, 

To visit the Sydney Bus Museum website CLICK HERE

Friday, 14 April 2017

2017: Kitty Von Tastique video

Social media queen Kitty Von Tastique visited the Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike in March 2017 and produced this delightful video of the event.

We love it ... well done Kitty.


Check out more of Kittys' creative handywork CLICK HERE to see her Facebook or to visit Kitty's website CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2017: Leader Front Page

When I arrived home this afternoon I fetched the Sutherland Shire Leader from my front lawn.

I walked inside the house made my self a cup of tea then sat down in my comfortable chair to settle back and read the local paper to see if maybe they had given the Pre-WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show any coverage.

After I removed the Leader from its protective plastic cover I was pleasantly surprised to see that magnificent photo, gracing the front cover, of all the Model A Fords (14) lined up in unison in front of the very old Cronulla Post office.

Henry's Model As finally make the front page of
The Leader - 87-years after their introduction

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For me that is definitely the money shot of the Car Show. If Henry Ford was still around today he would be so proud to witness these Ford-Detroit-created treasures that are now 87-years-old and still going strong.

Also in the Events Section of the paper our Vintage Car Show also gets some more coverage with some delightful photos taken randomly of some very happy people appreciating the exhibits.

One of the things that I really noticed on Sunday while strolling through the Cronulla Mall and talking to various folk was that the people were in such a happy mood, for me that was also a highlight of our day on the tiles in Cronulla Mall.

Thousands of people enjoyed the free 'Museum on the Tiles'
in the Cronulla Mall in March 2017
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I will finish off now, I sincerely hope that every one enjoyed themselves on Sunday, if that is the case you must come back to the Shire and enjoy next year's event.

We (Cronulla Rotary) raise much needed funds for the Sylvanvale Foundation to help provide assistance for people that are less fortunate than ourselves so that it makes it easier for them to live with their disabilities and hopefully help them to reach their potential.

Looking forward to catching up with you all next year in 2018, thanks for supporting our event.

Yours sincerely

Ken Warburton

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

2017: Leader Newspaper Event coverage

The Leader newspaper, a great supporter of our event over the years, has this week, published on-line, a 21-photo, image gallery of Sunday 19th of March in the Cronulla Mall.

Leader Senior Photographer, John Veage was on hand to capture all the action and fun of the fair.

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Thanks to the Leader for great coverage of our event.

To view the Photo Gallery on-line CLICK HERE

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Monday, 20 March 2017

2017: Event Summary

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that was involved in the spectacular success of our Pre-WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show on Sunday 19th March, 2017. 

[from L to R]: Sylvanvale CEO Leanne Fretten. MP Mark Speakman. 
Ken Warburton, Event Organiser, Xavier Mastero [Sylvanvale Customer] 
Howard Collins, OBE, Chief Executive Sydney Trains. 
Rob Mason CEO NSW Trainlink.
Photo: Steve Core

With special mentions to the tireless efforts from members of Cronulla Rotary, the Sylvanvale Foundation, Sutherland Shire Council, Chrysler Restorers Club and the many volunteers that helped make our event the Premium Car Show in Sydney.

Cronulla Mall - 2017 

With the threat of the heavens opening up at any moment and delivering more bucket loads of rain to dampen our spirits, we witnessed from early morning until late in the afternoon thousands upon thousands of dry, enthusiastic spectators strolling through the Cronulla Mall enjoying the Vintage Cars and Vintage Motor bikes from bye gone era on display.

Cronulla Mall - 2017 
For those of you that did not participate yesterday due to the threat of the pending bad weather, I am here to tell you that it did not rain in the Cronulla Mall all day. The skies were overcast, the last of the scud clouds were spotted at 0700 hrs. So we were blessed...

Cronulla Mall - 2017
I am particularly thrilled with the resounding acceptance and success of the Vintage Electric Train (Red - Rattler). I am sure that every one enjoyed travelling from Cronulla to Sutherland and return on the shuttle train services. 

The Sydney Bus Museum provided the vintage Double-decker and single-decker buses that were included into this years event. When I walked down to visit the Vintage Buses that were statically parked for display in Peryman Square, I was delighted to see loads of people walking through the buses and checking out the upstairs level especially on the Double-decker bus with the ocean as a back drop the old Vintage Buses looked majestic in all their glory. 

Finally I sincerely want to thank all of our sponsors for their support, and not forgetting the wonderful Vintage Car and Bike owners for giving up their time and energy to display their exotic machinery on the tiles of the Cronulla Mall. 

Without their contribution we would not have the opportunity to have run our Show to raise money to support people with disabilities to reach there potential in society.

With those few words, I am looking forward to next year's event.

See you all in the Cronulla Mall for the 4th annual Pre-WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show in 2018. 

Yours sincerely, 

Ken Warburton
Event Founder and Organiser

Saturday, 18 March 2017

It's Showtime ...


With now less than 24-hours before the big Pre-WWII Vintage Car and Bike Show to be held in Cronulla Mall tomorrow, I would like to re-assure every one that our CLASSIC 
event will still take place rain - hail - or shine.

Advertisers, spectators, sponsors, Vintage Red Rattler train passengers and all Vintage Car and Bike exhibitors can expect a truly memorable day. 

This event allows all our marvelous supporters to show off their astonishing Pre-WWII machinery of days gone bye to all generations.

Please make the effort to support our free community event by just turning up.  

Trust me you will not be disappointed. 

Looking forward to seeing you in the Cronulla Mall on Sunday 19th March.

Ken Warburton, Event Organiser

Friday, 17 March 2017

New for 2017: A 1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand

Another car making its debut appearance at this year's show is a car similar to the one shown in these photographs. A 1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand.

The car that will be at our Show has some impressive pedigree and was purchased in the US from the Hershey Estate [as in world famous Hershey Chocolates, Pennsylvania].

New this year: 1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand
The first model to ever feature the 
famous Chevrolet blue 'bow-tie' logo

Accessories: In 1915 Chevrolet offered a single accessory package on the Baby Grand. It consisted of two very significant upgrades - electric headlights and an electric starter. In 1915, that additional optional package was approximately 10% of the price of the car. By 1916 it was added to the cars as standard equipment.

Why is it called a Baby Grand? Because it was the first car that Chevrolet ever sold for UNDER a thousand dollars. $975 to be exact. The following year it was $750!

A Baby Grand manufacturer's plate
mounted on the dashboard
The Baby Grand was one of the first automobiles made by Chevrolet under W.C. Durant, GM's founder. It was part of his idea to build a car to compete with the very popular and cheap Model T Ford. 

When it first came out, it was priced at $875 as a four door, 5-passenger touring car (a 1914 Model T Ford tourer was $500). A speedometer was standard. One advantage over a Model T Ford was that a Baby Grand could get have an electric starter (the Model T Ford did not get them until 1919).

Set to appear in Cronulla:
1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Vintage Barbers join Vintage vehicles

On Sunday the 19th March, not only will we have Vintage cars, bikes, buses and trains on display in the Cronulla Mall - we also will have a unique attraction: a vintage-style barber.

Steve and the awesome team from Mens Republic in Cronulla will be set up in the Cronulla Mall, right outside the old Commonwealth Bank and they will be cutting hair during our Show. 

Steve and boys have donated their time and expertise to our event will all funds raised from the haircuts on the day going to our charity - Sylvanvale.

Steve & his team from Mens Republic
will be cutting hair in Cronulla Mall
and donating all proceeds to Sylvanvale

The Mens Republic operate from their hip Barber & Shave Parlour at 15/17 Surf Road, Cronulla [in the laneway right next door to the popular Grind Coffee cafe]. 

To help create the right atmosphere on Show Day in the Cronulla Mall, Mens Republic will be bringing along their '30s vintage barber's chair, their vintage cash register and a lot of tools of the trade that will help recreate a bygone era.

Another satisfied customer thanks Steve ...
Tools of the trade ...

The Surf Lane, Cronulla parlour ...

The boys hard at work ...
Vintage Cash Register on display

The shingle in Surf Lane

Vintage Barber's chair ...

Please support the good people that support our event and Sylvanvale, give the Mens Republic a try...

Click here to visit the Mens Republic Barbers website

This way please ...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Leader On-line - 14 March 2017

The countdown is on - with just 5 days to go until our big Show day in the Cronulla Mall, we made today's Sutherland Shire & St George Leader Newspaper on line.

To see the full story in the Leader on line: click here

Ken Warburton and Sydney Trains CEO 
Howard Collins

Ken Warburton and Sydney Trains CEO 
Howard Collins

List of 2017 Sponsors

Event Director Ken Warburton said this week he would like to acknowledge all our wonderful sponsors who have dug deep into their pockets to kindly assist us to run this year's free community event - the Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show, Sunday 19th March, 2017.

Below is the list of our 2017 event's sponsors:

1) Shannon's Insurance. (Platinum).
2) O"Brien's Auto Body Repairs. (Gold).
3) Shire Wide Towing Services. (Gold).
4) Colour Tiles. (Gold).
5) A.H.Beard. (Gold).
6) Gabriel Partners. (Gold).
7) Cronulla R.S.L. (Gold).
8) Payce. (Gold).
9) Cronulla Surf School. (Silver).
10) Marlow Automotives. (Silver).
11) Cronulla Ferries. (Silver).
12) Design Mouldings. (Silver).
13) Dr. Louis McGuigan. (Silver).
14) Ian King Chevrolet Parts. (Silver).
15) Sutherland Shire Property Management. (Silver).
15) Peter Deane Automotives. (Bronze).

Thank you to each and every one of you for your amazing support.

Friday, 10 March 2017

New for 2017: 1933 Dennis 250 pumper fire truck

Everyone loves a fire engine and although this one has been retired for some 47 years it still draws a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.

Maintained in original '30s condition with authentic onboard equipment including an engine crank handle for its 4-cylinder engine, this red beauty will turn heads on show day.

The 1933 Dennis 250 pumper fire truck

Ready to respond now to crowd delights
Originally built by the NSWFB workshop head-quarters in Fivedock, NSW. This appliance saw service in various stations across NSW at Hurstville, West Wyalong, Glen Innes, Bingara, Nelson Bay and Yenda.

Seventy of these engines were purchased between 1927 and 1935. 

It was surplus to requirements and disposed of in November 1970.

Part of NSW fire-fighting history

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

New for 2017: 1911 Empire 'Eagle' Twenty Roadster

New for 2017: Darren Grant is looking forward to bringing 'Emmy Lou' back to the Shire!
1911 Empire 'Eagle' Twenty
Model C Roadster 'The Little Aristocrat'
Built by: Empire Motor Car Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Empire Motor Car Company was founded in 1909 in Indianapolis, Indiana by Arthur Newby, Carl Fisher, James Allison, and Robert Hassler.
Their first vehicle was a two passenger automobile with a 4 cylinder 20 horsepower engine that was produced from 1909 to 1912 which they nicknamed "The Little Aristocrat".

Coming to Cronulla on March 19th
1911 Empire 'Eagle' Twenty Roadster

Shortly after beginning auto manufacturing, three of the men, Fisher, Newby and Allison along with Frank H. Wheeler decided to build an oval race track called the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After a disastrous inaugural race on the dirt track, the owners decided to pave the entire track with bricks, with the last brick being gold-plated. The first car to try out the new track was an Empire, the first one off the line.
Early in 1911 Harry C. Stutz was hired as a consulting engineer for the Empire, changing its specifications from chain to shaft drive, then left to build his own car which he introduced at the inaugural Indianapolis 500 that May.
The new 1911 Model C Roadster shaft-drive Empire was introduced the following month.
Newby, Fisher and Allison decided that holding an annual 500 mile race on Memorial Day would make the track lucrative. Convinced they were on to a good thing, they forgot about the Empire and sold the company to another group of Indianapolis businessmen in late 1911.

Empire Radiator Emblem

Introducing “Emmy Lou”:

The Empire’s first owner was a wealthy squatter from the New England District of NSW by the name of Moffatt who maintained a stable of cars of many makes. The Empire Eagle Roadster was his favourite sports car and as such, he gave it plenty of use. It was in his possession from 1911 – 1918, however troubles with the gearbox and the condition of the roads back then caused the car to be quickly reduced to a battered heap so he abandoned the car on a huge rubbish tip at an old disused gold mine at Hillgrove (near Armidale). She remained on the dump undisturbed, with the exception that the years, and exposure to weather, were taking their toll.
Sometime later when a Mr Tom Feint either owned the dump or held salvage rights under licence, Mr Bill Pearce discovered the Empire’s existence and subsequently purchased the car. He then transported her to his home in Walcha, but on closer inspection his enthusiasm waned and he declared the vehicle unrestorable. As a result, Colin Bryson, who resided in Miranda, was able to purchase the Empire from him in 1956 and complete the restoration.
Following Col’s untimely death after suffering a stroke while crank starting a T Model Ford in 1983, Don Grant of Lilli Pilli and Cronulla, who had lived next door to Col & Paula Bryson, purchased the Empire, at the time in pieces and requiring additional restoration. Don was very fond of this car which he’d known as “Emmy Lou” from a very early age so it gave him a great deal of pleasure to complete what Col had begun.

In 2011, “Emmy Lou” exhibited a number of problems at the National Veteran Rally which was held in the NSW Southern Highlands. The clutch failed repeatedly, the car boiled in very cool conditions, and she was generally looking very tired, so it was decided to give her a ground up restoration in readiness for the 2012 National Veteran Rally being held in Ipswich Qld.
With a few teething issues solved after Ipswich, she was running like a dream until “Emmy Lou” suffered significant damage in an accident on her first local outing. With a bent chassis, damaged radiator and timing case, broken headlight glass and other yet to be diagnosed wounds, she has been lovingly restored and continues to turn heads on every road.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Setting the sartorial mood

Carole Denison from Cronulla Rotary is already getting into character for the Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show for Sunday 19th March.
Carole has already been to the costume hire place to pick out her period style outfit for show day. Setting the atmosphere nicely.
Event Director Ken Warburton said Carole is embracing the era and the spirit of the show and encourages everyone involved on the day to be like Carole and get creative on the day.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Banners up in Cronulla

The countdown is on; from today, we are at exactly two weeks until Show Day on Sunday 19th March, 2017. 

It's now when we really start to turn up our advertising blitz.

That's the day the Cronulla Mall will be turned into a multi-million dollar temporary outdoor Museum showcasing a mammoth display of Pre-WII Vintage Cars & Bikes.

This week our banners went up in the Cronulla Mall. One banner is for our major sponsor - Shannons Car Insurance.

Our banners in Cronulla Mall
The mall come alive in two weeks time

Our banners in Cronulla Mall
The mall turns into a car Museum in two weeks time

Thanks go to the Sutherland Shire Council for supporting our event.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Media release: Additional Vintage Train Shuttle added

Strong advance ticket sales for our Vintage Electric Train rides on Sunday 19th March, have led Transport Heritage NSW to add a 4th shuttle to the day's operations.

The newly added fourth shuttle to the schedule will depart Cronulla Station for its Sutherland return run at 2:10pm.


A fourth shuttle between Cronulla and Sutherland
has been added for Sunday 19th March

With big crowds expected in Cronulla on the Sunday March 19th - the best way not to miss out on a seat and the opportunity of a rare Vintage Electric train ride is to book your tickets in advance on line.

Sydney Vintage Transport DOUBLE HEADER: 

To complement our Vintage train operating in Cronulla, the Sydney Bus Museum will be providing us with two vintage buses for static display on Sunday 19th March. 

One Double-decker bus and one single-decker bus will be on display on the grass adjacent to Crounlla railway station.

Two icons of Sydney's transport bygone times
will be at Cronulla on Sunday 19th March

Sunday 19th March is promising to be a big day on the tiles of the Cronulla Mall when the Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show combines with two of Sydney's vintage transport collections to provide a unique opportunity to see so much vintage transport history in one place - an exciting day for the entire family.

To make a Vintage Electric Train booking for March 19th now: - Click here

To check all Transport Heritage NSW's information: click here

To visit the Vintage Electric Train Facebook event's page: click here

To check out the Sydney Bus Museum click here.

Take a short ride aboard this historic electric train from Cronulla Station to Sutherland and return. 
Boarding and disembarking is at Cronulla Station only. Total journey time 40 minutes.
  • Shuttle 1 - departs Cronulla Station 10.10am and returns 10.52am 
  • Shuttle 2 - departs Cronulla Station 11.10am and returns 11.52am
  • Shuttle 3 - departs Cronulla Station 1.10pm and returns 1.52pm
  • Shuttle 4 - departs Cronulla Station 2.10pm and returns 2.52pm

Adult $15 | Concession $10 | THNSW Member $10 | Child (2-16) $8

Friday, 3 March 2017

New for 2017: 1934 Morris Minor, 4-door Tourer

I bet you didn't know that the Morris Minor was a small 4-seater car with an 850 cc engine manufactured by Morris Motors Limited from way back in 1928 right through until 1934. The same name was resurrected for another newer car for the same market in 1948.

1934 Morris Minor, 4-door tourer

This example of a 1934 Morris Minor, 4-door tourer, the last known one left in the world will be on the tiles of the Cronulla Mall this Sunday 19th March.

The car is in 'as-found' condition as left by its 2nd owner. The car is complete and original. The chassis has been restored, and the original hydraulic brakes are currently being re-sleeved. Electrics and fuel are the next to be recommissioned with a goal of having the car ready for historic registration by late 2017.

The car will remain with it's 'as found' second coat of tiger paint for some years to come. We intend to return it to the original colour scheme of deep blue over black guards by 2030.

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A list of 1934 'new' innovative equipment included:
  • automatic screen wiper - suction operated
  • driving mirror
  • shock-absorbers at both back and front
  • full width bumpers at each end, etc.
  • safety glass by Triplex is available at extra cost
  • petrol gauge
  • electric horn
  • speedometer
At first, the only body types offered were a 2-door fabric-bodied saloon and a four-seat tourer but during production up to a dozen different body styles were used. A big part of their success was that they were full-sized cars in miniature. 

The accommodation in the 2-door cars was described as "chummy" because of the unavoidable personal contact in the confined space.

SEE IT: Sunday 19th March in Cronulla

Thursday, 2 March 2017

New for 2017: Model T Ford - 1912 - brass era

Nick Holden is another local who will be bringing along two vintage era items to the show. 

But with a very interesting twist... Nick will be bringing along his 103-year-old Nan to the Cronulla show, - that's his real-life Nan, not his car! Nick's Nan is a sprightly two years younger than his car!

Gorgeous 105-year-old, brass era, Model T Ford
This car's history: This car was located in a shed [a true barn find] in the 1980s and it was in a bad way. 10 years worth of loving restoration and the car was finally ready for display in the 1990s. 

Produced in 1912 it is period correct with no foot operated wheel brakes, no stop or turning lamps, and a hand crank to start the engine which runs on a 6V electrical system.

The engine is an L-head, 4-cylinder unit developing a whopping 22 horsepower.

The rear passenger seat, more akin to lounge room
furniture than today's modern car upholstery
With the prices ranging from $850 to $1,000 when this car was produced, this Model T offered fantastic value for money and the demand soon exceeded supply from the Ford Factory in Dearborn, Michigan.

The parking lamps are kerosene and the headlamps are powered with Carbide.

The driving compartment 

MYTH BUSTER: An Ford old myth is that Model Ts were only offered in black; but that's not true, the cars were offered in a variety of colours - but all 1912 Model Ts left the factory in the standard Ford paint shop dark blue.

Another myth is that all model Ts came from the revolutionary and innovative Ford moving production line. Partly not true, because the famous production line wasn't introduced until 1913 - so this particular car from 1912 was built under the tradition more labour-intensive style.

1912 Brass era, Model T Ford
Hand-built, prior to the introduction of 
the famous Ford moving production line in 1913

More than 15 million Model Ts were built between 1908 and 1927, so the Model T is correctly regarded as the most influential vehicle of the early automotive industry.

With very few survivors, brass era Model T Fords like Bill Holdens example here are very rare indeed and highly prized by vintage car collectors world wide.

SEE IT: Sunday 19th March in Cronulla

Nick and his Nan
will both be in Cronulla 
on Sunday March 19th