Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Our Vintage cars to display at the Sydney Tramway Festival


Our good friends at the 
Sydney Tramway Museum in Loftus will be putting on a spectacular day on Sunday 25th February, 2018.

The Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show of Cronulla will once again be adding vibrance to the street scene on Tramway Avenue, Loftus on the day by supplying about 12 Vintage cars from the Model A Ford Club.

Vintage trams will be running and offering unlimited rides
and unique photo opportunities

The Sydney Vintage Tramway Festival celebrates the heritage of Sydney's wonderful tramway system, which was once among the largest tramways in the world.

Scott Curnow from the Tramway Museum tells us that the Museum will be pulling out all the stops on the day. Scott says; "some of our oldest & rarest trams, dating back to early 1900's will be putting their best wheels forward to give you a day to remember!"

Our Vintage cars well help recreate the street scenes of days goneby Sydney
where cars and trams mix closely together 

This is a rare opportunity to relive the feeling of 'Shooting Through' on an old toastrack tram, or watch the museum's street scene come to life as we fill it with rolling trams. Our double deck bus will be making trips throughout the day. Also on static display are 12 vintage cars thanks to the Model A Ford Club. Creating a memorable day out for the entire family.

EVENT: Sydney Tramway Museum - Vintage Tramway Festival
WHERE: 2 Pitt Street, Loftus NSW
WHEN: Sunday 25th February 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fares for the Day are:
$20 - Adults
$12 - Concessions
$10 - Children (Under 5's are Free)
$50 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children. Additional Children are Free)

*These fares are good for UNLIMITED Tram Rides and entry to our Display Hall.


Vintage cars from the Model A Ford Club will share
the museums street-scape to help recreate the mood
of life in Sydney for over 80-years until 1961

The Museum features heritage trams from not only Sydney, but from around Australia as well as some International trams in its collection. The Museum is completely run by volunteers.

For more details visit the Sydney Tramway Museum's website CLICK HERE

EVENT: Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show
DATE: Sunday 15th April, 2018

TIME: 9:00am to 4:00pm
LOCATION: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla, NSW
& Perryman Square on North Cronulla Beach




Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Shire's Big Three Pollies will attend our April Show


The big three political figures from The Shire have all shown strong endorsement of our 4th Annual Show in support of Sylvanvale Kids Club and have nominated that they will attend the 2018 Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show in Cronulla on Sunday 15th April, 2018.

[left] Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce [middle] the Hon. Scott Morrison, MP
and Treasurer of Australia [right] Mark Speakman, Attorney General for NSW.
Pictured on stage at AUSFEST Cronulla on Australia Day 2018
Photo by John Veage - The Leader

Event Director, Ken Warburton worked on the Cronulla Rotary BarBQ on Australia Day 2018 in Cronulla Park and had the opportunity to speak personally with all three men.

I was very excited with the commitment I got from all three said Ken. Providing nothing major politically unforeseen happens on that weekend in April - all three should be in attendance.

Above: [Left] Mayor of the Sutherland Shire, Camelo Pesce [Middle] The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP - Treasurer of Australia. [Right] Mark Speakman, the NSW Attorney General.


AUSFEST Australia Day concert on the beach at Cronulla 2018
Photo by John Veage - The Leader


EVENT: Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show
DATE: Sunday 15th April, 2018

TIME: 9:00am to 4:00pm
LOCATION: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla, NSW
& Perryman Square on North Cronulla Beach


Thursday, 25 January 2018

Rare '30s Model A Ford Wagon to make its Shire debut in April


From 1910 through to the early 1920s, the Ford Motor Company dominated the world's automotive market with its revolutionary and popular Model T Ford vehicle. 

Ford ruled the road for over a decade until various competitors and divisions of General Motors starting catching up with Ford by introducing enhanced production techniques and features which began eroding the Ford dominance of the market.

The Model A Ford was introduced by Ford in 1928 to replace the Model T Ford, which was regarded as the first affordable car that seduced middle America into motoring. The Model T Ford had been in production for some 18-years, selling a whopping 16.5 million units.

Event Organiser, Ken Warburton poses with his latest acquisition;
an original 1930 Model A Ford Special Delivery Wagon.
This rare vehicle will be on display in Cronulla on 15th April, 2018

The Model A Ford was the successor to the Model T Ford. This year, 2018, marks the 90th Anniversary of the Model A Ford's world-wide debut. You would have to think that even the staunchest Holden man would have to admit these Model A Fords are something pretty special. 

Event Organiser Ken Warburton of Cronulla is an active member of the Model A Ford Club of NSW. Ken noted that the club had grown from 13 members when it was founded 48-years ago in 1970 to more than 140 members today.

A keen Model A Ford enthusiast, Ken has recently purchased a 1930 Model A Ford, Special Delivery Wagon, which in itself is a extremely rare and unique. It started life as just an original Model A Ford engine and chassis
 both dating from 1930.


1930 Model A Ford, Special Delivery Wagon
featuring craftsman-built, rear Coachwood-paneled wagon
and etched rear door windows

The van's previous owner was searching for years for a Model A Ford panel van but could not find one, he already had in his possession a Model A Ford engine and chassis. The retired Master Builder & Carpenter began gathering authentic Model A Ford parts over many years including cabin front doors from Bendigo and a radiator grill that had to be knocked back into shape after being run over by a Mack truck.

Over time, the vehicle was carefully constructed to meet all original specifications sourced from leading collectors in America. 

The 'wagon body' of the car features all Australian Coachwood panels, known for its straight and finely textured grain. The native Coachwood was so named because it was the chosen wood of many early coach builders in Australia.

In addition to the craftsmanship that went into the body building, the car also features a beautiful wooden tool box. Neatly recessed in the rear cargo floor's wheel well it took over 30-years to individually collect the mostly Ford branded items featured in the box. 


A rare collection of mostly Ford made original tools from the 1930s
are housed in a custom wooden box in the rear wheel well

This particular vehicle along with 
15 other various Model A Fords will be on display at Cronulla Mall on Sunday April 15th 2018 at the Pre-WWII Vintage Car and Bike show. Along with scores of magnificent Vintage and Classic Vehicles plus Vintage Motor bikes in this multi-million dollar spectacular to be held on the tiles of Cronulla Mall.

This year, all funds raised at this event will go toward our Sylvanvale Kids Club. Our kids club is vital to the Sutherland Shire and surrounding communities. Sylvanvale Kids Club ensures that school aged children with disabilities are cared for after school, during school holidays and on the week ends.

Sylvanvale Kids Club is life changing for children and their families. It gives parents the opportunity - and peace of mind - to go to work and to get through the multitude of things they need to get done every day, just like any other family. 



Original 1930 Ford branded oil can rests
on the fire wall of the engine bay

Ken said that this year's Car Show will be our 4th annual event, so don't miss out on this wonderful display of vehicles and bikes from a bygone era. It's vital to make an entry onto your calendars and diaries for Sunday April 15th 2018, this is a local community event that should not be missed.

See you there.


Photos: Steve Core

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, 5 January 2018

Vintage Train to return to Cronulla for April '18 Show


To kick off the 2018 promotion for the 4th Annual Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show, Event Director, Ken Warburton has announced that the very popular Sydney F1 Vintage Electric train, known affectionately as the 'Red Rattler' will return to Cronulla for our Show day on Sunday 15th April, 2018.



Last year's appearance and heritage runs during our Show day proved popular with all Sutherland Shire residents and visitors alike. Every seat on every run was sold out.

"I can't think of a better way to compliment all our wonderful vintage bikes and cars on display in the Cronulla Mall other than to have the opportunity to take a ride on this wonderful piece of Sydney Transport heritage. What a great experience for families" Ken Warburton said.

The F1 train was part of the fleet that transported passengers around Sydney's suburbs from 1926 until the early 1990s. Known affectionately by Sydneysiders as the 'Red Rattler'. 



The 4-carriage train set will complete limited, short heritage runs on our Show day on Sunday April 15th, 2018. We will post more information and pricing along with ticketing links on this site as soon as the information details become available.

Show Day: Sunday 15th April, 2018.



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