Classics wheeled out to remember petrol power

THERE was no burning rubber or engines revving, but there was plenty of curiosity and nostalgia at the Wheels on King Motor Show presented by the Lions Club of King Island.

Classic motor cars came out of the garage, shed and storage and were on display at the Currie Boat Harbour.

The day was a hit for young and young at heart. People shared memories and stories; looked at what was under the bonnet; and sat behind the wheel of beautifully restored, polished and loved cars.

Organiser Jenny Marshall was delighted.

“Today has been fantastic,” Jenny said.
“It’s great that islanders have brought out their motoring treasures and been able to show them off. I couldn’t be happier that so many people have come out on this sunny day.
“Islanders have relied on the motor vehicle to do so many things, and with no public transport, still do.
“The motor show has been a way for Lions to raise funds, which will stay on the island and be spent on the island and at the same time let people show off their pride and joy.”

Visitors wandered through the ages between vintage, classic and the odd new car, motorcycles, and bikes.

According to the King Island Historical Society’s booklet, produced to coincide with the event, “The 1912 Vulcan donated to the people of King Island by Fred Day in 2016 was probably the second or third known vehicle to arrive on the island.”

The council moved it from the King Island Airport, where it is on permanent display, to be part of the event.

Some of the vehicles on show included a red 1938 DeSoto, owned by Ian Hollander and a 1959 Morris Minor carefully looked after by Ron and Yvonne Hill.

Stephen Helbig’s Pontiac Trans Am and Tom Blake’s 1963 Studebaker attracted much attention.

A purple Valiant glistened in the sun surrounded by Fords, Holdens and the classic Land Rover wasn’t left out.

King Island Motorcycles was a major sponsor.

Their trade area proved to be very popular with a constant flow of people of all ages who checked out the latest and shiniest quads and bikes on the island.

Owners, Chantelle, and Geoff Bowling donated the major raffle prizes – a set of tyres, rollover protection and a Moto generator.

The prize-winners were Jim Benn, Gary Morgan and Irene Robbins.

The Lions Yellow food van sizzled sausages, steaks and burgers and the King Island Show Society provided soft serve ice-cream.

The new machine proved popular at its first outing. Lion Jim Benn thanked everyone for supporting the event. He particularly thanked Lion Jenny Marshall.

“The event would not have happened without her organisation and enthusiasm,” Jim said.

As the cars were driven, towed, and trucked away from the Harbour, Jenny added her own vote of thanks.

“I really want to thank Vikram, Abhi and Gordon from the council, who started at 7am setting up the site for this event.
“We need to acknowledge those who made cash donations and Terry Perry for providing the children’s prize voucher.
“I also want the community to thank King Island Motorcycles.
“They are a new business and not only did they provide the raffle major prizes but have also donated funds to this Lions Fundraising event. It has been suggested that we do this again next year…maybe Naracoopa?”

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