Classic trip down memory lane

An array of vintage cars will cruise through Broken Hill tomorrow as part of this year’s Heritage Festival. Picture: Andrew Gosling

An array of vintage cars will cruise through Broken Hill tomorrow as part of this year’s Heritage Festival.

The classic vehicles will take off from Westside Plaza at 11am and will drive around the town for an hour.

On the cruise, owners will parade their special collector’s cars to the public and pass be several significant places in town.

Broken Hill City Council events coordinator, Rachel Merton, is pleased that local car clubs could support the first-time event.

“It’s good that the four clubs came together to support this event and it’s opportunity for them to get their cars out as well,” she said.

“It’s their pride and joy and they are beautiful cars.”

The public are encouraged to assemble on footpaths and wave to participants as they drive by.

“It’s a new event so good opportunity for people to see a large variety of older cars in one event,” Mrs Merton said.

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“The route goes past a number of local historical sites so people can line up near their home and won’t be crowded in one place.”

The cruise will end with a show and tell-type event at Strut Park which will begin at 12:30pm.

Two members of the Silver City Historic Motoring Club are looking forward to the Heritage Cruise and Show.

“It looks like it will be a good day,” Club President Sam Muscat said. “I’m glad that Council have organised it. It’s good for local clubs to combine in a local event.”

Mr Muscat will be driving his 1958 FC Holden. He is the fourth owner of the vintage model and said he is proud to have it in his collection.

“It’s good to own something old,” Mr Muscat said. “I’ve always had an interest and it’s good to preserve them.”

Fellow club member, Mal Dening, believes tomorrow’s cruise and show will be a very unique experience.

“It’s good to mix with other enthusiasts that have the same interests,” he said.

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“You’ll never get to see all the cars or people so it’s a good opportunity to get the cars out and have look.”

His 1974 Valliant Charger Sportsman will be part of the convoy. Mr Dening said the red and white finish and the rarity of car are his favourite aspects.

“There’s not many Valliant’s around,” he said.

“They weren’t made to the same number of Holdens and Fords and the colour scheme attracts your eye pretty quick.”

The enthusiast is looking forward to discussing all things motoring with guests.

Broken Hill Desert Rats Rod and Custom Car Club will have a BBQ and drinks for sale during the show.

For the full route map details, visit www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/Community/Broken-Hill-Heritage-Festival/Heritage-Cruise-and-Show.

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