Thursday, 29 March 2018

Rolls-Royce: Bringing an elegant presence to Cronulla


The Rolls-Royces are coming: No Vintage Car Show worth its salt would be complete without a display of the cars that since the beginning of the 20th century were born into the role of chauffeuring the world's VIPs; from royalty and heads of State to rock stars & celebrities, who chose the marque as a symbol of their success.

Regarded as one of the finest cars ever to wear the famous “Flying Lady” mascot, 
the Phantom II remains a firm favourite with Rolls-Royce enthusiasts 
and collectors around the world.

From one of our esteemed car collecting patrons who will be bringing no less then three outstanding examples of Pre-WWII Rolls-Royces to our Show. These cars have a timeless appeal and won't they bring an elegant presence and true feeling of prestige in Vintage motor cars to the tiles of the Cronulla Mall.
The three Rolls-Royce vehicles that we will have on display are: A Silver and Black 1925 Phantom I, an Ivory and Black 1929 Phantom II and an Ivory over Beige Phantom III V12.

Their Royal Highnesses Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip commissioned 
one of the very first Phantom IVs, with a specially modified driver’s seat 
as the Duke of Edinburgh liked to drive it himself. 

A little history: Rolls-Royce Limited owned a British luxury car and aero engine manufacturing business founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated on 15 March 1906 as a vehicle for their ownership of their Rolls-Royce business.
Their business quickly developed a reputation for superior engineering quality and for manufacturing the "best car in the world", building on FH Royce's existing standing. Rolls-Royce became a leading manufacturer of piston aero-engines after it was brought into building them by the First World War.

Phantom III V-12 - In the mid-1930s, Rolls-Royce produced the third generation 
of the Phantom. This new one was also the first ever Phantom to 
feature a V12 engine, and the only V12 up until 1998.

From 1940, Rolls-Royce participated in the development of the jet engine and built for itself, and retains, a pre-eminent position in aero engine development and manufacture for use in defence and civil aircraft.

*Please note the photos of the cars here are not the actual cars on display - but representative examples.


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

This free family fun day will feature more than 60 Pre-WWII vintage cars and motor-bikes, vintage buses, vintage trains, kids’ activities, stalls, music, food and more!



Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Model T Ford, Around-the-World update:


Model T Ford, Around-the-World update: Our Event Director, Ken Warburton was pleased [and relieved] to get the good news this week from Netherland's couple, Dirk and Trudy Regter that they have arrived safely in Brisbane to commence their Australian leg of their Round-The-World Tour.

Round-The-World Tour: Netherland's couple, Dirk and Trudy Regter on the road
in New Zealand in their 103-year old Model T Ford.

The pair arrived by jet into Brisbane from Auckland after nearly two-months on the open road, grand touring both islands of New Zealand in their 103-year-old Model T Ford. Their World Tour is a monstrous driving marathon which is just about to kick-off its 'around Australian leg'. Their precious 1915 Model T Ford is making its way across the Tasman Sea, neatly tucked up inside a well-sealed shipping container.

Heading to the Inter-Islander which is the Cook Strait ferry Terminal near
Picton on the northern tip of the south island.

Ken says that the container vessel carrying the car is due into the Port of Brisbane early in the first week of April. That will give Dirk and Trudy time to motor down the NSW coast with a plan of arriving into Sydney on Friday 13th April. [just two days before our Show].

Quite often a little grease is required along the way to 
ensure things keep running smoothly.

The amazing world-touring Model T Ford will then be on display at our Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show in the Cronulla Mall on Sunday 15th April. And Dirk & Trudy will be there to greet everyone and chat about their incredible journey.

A watering stop at The Pongaroa Hotel. 
About 200Ks north of Wellington on the North Island.


Keeping in touch with the world: Dirk in the workshop and garage
that doubles for an on-the-road office.


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

This free family fun day will feature more than 60 Pre-WWII vintage cars and motor-bikes, vintage buses, vintage trains, kids’ activities, stalls, music, food and more!



Friday, 23 March 2018

Vintage Bikes set to make a strong showing in April



Our Event Director, Ken Warburton, thinks that it is about time that we wet the lips of our strong following of two-wheeled Vintage Motorcycle enthusiasts.
Vintage Bike aficionados; Antony Gullick (events coordinator) from the (AMCA Australia) and Tony Blain (Redfern Motor Parts and Harley Davidson expert) have assured Ken that there will be a decent mix of Vintage motorcycles rolling in for static display on Sunday April 15th in the Cronulla Mall and in Peryman Square on North Cronulla Beach.

A Vintage c1914 AKD (Abingdon King Dick)

Here is just a small sample of what you can get up close and personal with on the sunny tiles in Cronulla in April.
​​1914 Precision - 1912 Triumph - Excelsior - John Mc Donald's vintage 1936 Red Indian '4'. And a wide variety of many other different bikes to satisfy any true believer.
Ken always believes to save the best to last (only in my eyes).
One of our Vintage Bike supporters owns a 1914 AKD (Abingdon King Dick) Motorcycle and this rare bike has really caught Ken's eye, as he's sure it will with other motoring enthusiasts on the day.
Accompanied by many other Vintage motorcycles, the AKD's owner has just returned from a road trip to the Barossa Valley in South Australia, which is a 2,600 Ks return journey (with his club) on this GEM of a motor bike. (Ken is led to believe that this bike does not have a gearbox) is that true?

An AKD from the 1910's decade

A little history of the AKD:
AKD (Abingdon King Dick) a British concern, which produced in the early 1900s a series of really innovative and well-engineered bikes, developed telescopic suspension and supplied big four-stroke engines to the likes of Invicta and Ariel.
Made in Birmingham by tool manufacturer Abingdon between 1903 and 1925, the machines were equipped with Fafnir, Minerva, Kerry and MMC engines, and later with Abingdon engines. Many machines were exported to Commonwealth countries.
But, in 1926, some bright spark decided to re-name the company and all of its bikes. Seemingly, after a dog. It fact it was the company owner's show dog, a prize-winning bulldog, as it was deemed as being symbolic of British tenacity and strength of character.

The famous 'King Dick' logo featuring
the tenacious British Bulldog

An old AKD (Abingdon King Dick) advertisement featuring the 
King Dick dog's head 'trade mark' logo.


So, for the next seven years you could buy a selection of 147cc to 350cc motorcycles called the 'Abingdon King Dick.'
1856: The Abingdon engineering company first appeared and produced a range of tools known as the King Dick.
1925: They changed their name to the initials of AKD. They continued their production from premises at Tyseley, Birmingham.
1888: February. Stanley Exhibition of Cycles in Westminster. Open link driving chain for cycles. (Abingdon Works Company)
1905: The company entered the motorcycles market with a machine that had the King Dick name. In those early years they traded as Abingdon-Ecco.
A Vintage AKD (Abingdon King Dick) from the WWI era.



Their machines, typical of the era, ranged from 2hp to 3.5hp, with solos and tricycles available. They began to make their own four-stroke 350cc single and 794cc V-twin engines.
1932: This was the last year that the company produced motorcycles and after that they turned their attention to producing hand tools and are still manufacturing high-end, professional-user tools in Birmingham to this very day.


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




Wednesday, 21 March 2018

NEW: 1936 Ford Woody with a World War II History


Another really unique car that will make a first time appearance on Sunday 15th April this year will be a classic 1936 Ford Woody.

This car is owned by a member of the Motor Enthusiasts Group of Cronulla. It is an extremely rare version 1936 Ford Woody – originally built at the Ford Plant in Canada which was located in Walkerville, Ontario (now part of Windsor, Ontario).


A UK photo of a 1936 Ford Woody wagon - almost identical to the vehicle we
will have on display in Cronulla on Sunday 15th April, 2018

The car's history is that it was shipped off to Great Britain during World War II and was used by the British QAIMNS [Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service] during the war. It later returned to North America when a US serviceman purchased it and brought it back home with him.

What is a Woody? The essence of a Woody vehicle fitted with wooden rear panel bodies and external paneling and possess style and character missing in today's robotically built steel vehicles. When you think about it, once almost every transport conveyance was made of wood: boats, chariots, wagons, trains, even aeroplanes.



Photo of the actual 1936 Ford Woody wagon that we will have on display in
the Cronulla Mall on Sunday 15th April, 2018.

The wood-sided wagons, convertibles, sedans and trucks seen these days at car shows and rallies, all wear the vestigial tails of their wooden predecessors. In their heyday, Woodies were often the most expensive cars offered by the leading car manufacturers and many tallied impressive sales figures on the showroom floor.

During World War II, wood construction saved steel for critical war-time uses. After the war, the middle-class found mass-produced Woody wagons perfect for family travels. This stunning example of the 1936 Ford Woody truly shows the craftsmanship that went into these vehicles. With the original Ford 8 cylinder engine, and completely restored to its concours winning condition, don't miss this rare opportunity to see this magnificent vehicle up close in the Cronulla Mall.

We are told by the owner of this car [that will be on show in Cronulla] is that it is only one of two factory-built, right-hand drive Woodys ever created by Ford Canada.

Ford Canada has a fascinating history that involves Australia. Started in August 1904, Ford Canada was an interesting concept for the Michigan-based Ford Motor Company. Ford Canada had the licence to produce and sell Ford automobiles to Canada and the British Empire which included South Africa, India, New Zealand and Australia. 


Many early century Fords that found their way to Australia were manufactured in Canada.


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, 16 March 2018

Exclusive: World Tour Model T Ford to visit Cronulla






SPOILER ALERT: Our Event Director, Ken Warburton could hardly contain his excitement this week as he revealed that he is on the verge of pulling off a real coup as a major drawcard for our Sunday 15th April, 2018 Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show.

Dirk and Trudy Regter are currently in New Zealand on a round-the-world tour with their 100-year-old Model T Ford and Ken has managed to persuade them into bringing their iconic car and story to appear at our Show in Cronulla in April.

The Dutch couple have spent six-years driving more than 80,000 miles around the world in a century-old Ford. They purchased the iconic Ford Model T in 1997 and, after retiring, decided they wanted to make an auto adventure of a lifetime.

So the grandparents got into the vintage motor vehicle, which is famous for being the world's first mass produced car, and set off on a global road trip.



In Hollywood: Catching up with US TV personality
and confirmed car nutter Jay Leno

Beginning in 2012, they traveled through Africa, racking up 15,000 miles in just six months, visiting the likes of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia before ending up in Cape Town.

In 2014 Dirk and Trudy, decided they would like see South America, driving the Model T a further 16,000 miles through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil.

During this period the couple have raised almost £30,000 for SOS Children's villages International, a charity which helps orphans around the world.

The Model T has a three-litre petrol engine which develops around 20bhp, giving it a top speed of around 40mph [65kph].

Dirk and Trudy's Model T is entirely original apart from the tyres, which are slightly larger to improve the quality of the ride. The spokes on the wheels are wooden.

Their car was originally built at a Ford plant in Canada and imported to Europe in 1997.



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

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Super rare 'Barn Find' Model A Ford


We have just received the good news that this extremely rare example of a 'barn find' 1928 Model A Ford will be exhibited at our show on Sunday 15th April, 2018. This one-of-a-kind unique vehicle is owned by one of the members of the Model A Ford Club of NSW.

This original condition 'barn find' 1928 Model A Ford
will be exhibited at our show

This vehicle stole the show at Pennant Hills in Sydney when the Model A Ford celebrated its 60th Anniversary out in Sydney's west on 14th November, 2010.

This vehicle is a genuine example of a true 'barn find', it still has the bird's nest on the running board, which you can clearly see in the photograph. Under that tarp the vehicle is still sporting all of its original patina.

Nestled in behind the expandable baggage holder on the rear of the
running board was a 1960's bird's nest.

This car was purchased in 1967 and is still in its original 'barn find' condition and has only been seen in public twice in the last 51-years. Absolutely no hidden repairs or body filler on this all-original vehicle.

We are so privileged to have this vehicle to display, because this is the 1st time it has been out of Ken's shed since the afternoon of 14th November, 2010.

This car was purchased in 1967 as a 'barn find' and has only
been seen in public twice in the last 51-years.

Cronulla's Show goers will love seeing this rare gem up-close and on static display, and it still runs.

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


Sunday, 11 March 2018

FM Radio Promotion at 2SSR-FM



Promoting our Pre-WWII Vintage Car & Bike Show event for Sunday 15th April in Cronulla, Event Director Ken Warburton called onto the Gymea Studios of 2SSR-FM this week to chat with delightful presenter of the 'Good Life' program Ann Warren.


To listen to a podcast of the interview: CLICK HERE

Pictured: Ken Warburton and Ann Warren
Photo: 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