CAR LOVERS: Noel Boon (left), of Goonellabah, with his 1929 Model A Ford Sports Coupe, and fellow car restorer Ron Hambly, of Richmond Hill.
CAR LOVERS: Noel Boon (left), of Goonellabah, with his 1929 Model A Ford Sports Coupe, and fellow car restorer Ron Hambly, of Richmond Hill. David Nielsen

Historic cars get polish for rally

CAR enthusiasts, start your engines for the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club's 49th Annual Car Rally this weekend.

Showcasing his 1929 Model A Ford Sports Coupe in this year's rally is long-time club member Noel Boon, of Goonellabah.

“These cars have character, unlike the cars of today,” Mr Boon said.

Mr Boon's Model A was a 30-year epic. He bought it in 1972, started work on it when he retired in 1999, and finished it in 2002.

“I can't explain why I chose Fords because my dad was more of a General Motors man,” he said.

Another long-time member, Ron Hambly, said that the club, which has more than 65 members, was one of the oldest continuously-running clubs in Lismore.

“The club inaugurated in 1960 at the old council chambers in Molesworth Street and next year we'll be celebrating our 50th year with a special five-day rally,” he said.

Starting tomorrow night, Mr Hambly said a welcoming dinner would be held at the Colemans Point greyhound track in Lismore for local and interstate participants in this year's rally. Rally events will continue at the greyhound track on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am each day.

Mr Hambly, 71, said there would be a dinner-dance on Saturday night. He said car owners would be also taking to the roads over the weekend. “We'll essentially be driving the back roads around the area,” Mr Hambly said.

Mr Hambly said everyone was welcome to attend the rally and that proceeds from the event would go to Lismore Base Hospital's renal unit.


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