Robertson Heritage Railway Station—Historic Car Day
Sunday 13th April, 2014
We are asking all interested car clubs and interested car owners, to note their diaries for Sunday 13th April next year. We will be hosting another Historic Car Day on the Robertson Railway Common from 9.30am onwards. We are inviting all owners of historic cars and commercial vehicles, restored or unrestored, provided the cars are 30 years or older vintage, to come along and display their vehicles for the admiration of the public and other car buffs. This is a fund raising day for the heritage railway station, which is a volunteer organisation. We are asking for a donation of $5 from each attending vehicle which will enter each car in a lucky car draw. The winner will take home a nice prize. There will be no trophies or contests at the 2014 event. It will be a fun day to see beautiful historic vehicles on display, with the Railway selling hot food and a gourmet coffee van in attendance. The village market will be on as well. All are welcome to what will be our 6th Car Day. Please come along.
Steve R Carey President
Robertson Heritage Railway Station
Ph: 02 4885 2393
VINTAGE & CLASSIC CAR DAY 2103 – Report on Activities
Well another Vintage Car Day has come and gone and it was again a great success. This was the fifth of these autumn events we have hosted. The 2013 event on Sunday 14th April dawned fine and sunny to our great relief. The hardy band of railway volunteers set about preparing for the day: putting up marquees, setting out signs, creating the entry point for the vintage and classic cars that began to pour in after 9.00am, setting out food and facilities for our kiosk, welcoming the Berrima District old farm equipment group with their wonderful old pumps and machines, and greeting the mobile coffee man with alacrity. Then the Firies arrived in time to help the many beautifully turned out classic cars park in an orderly fashion so that they could be admired by all the visitors and other contestants.
The station was open and the Cockatoo Run train arrived with a happy load of passengers to join in the fun. The Loop Train to Moss Vale was very popular with around 70 passengers enjoying the trip across the Highlands. The Railway Common was thronged with people and the car contestant area was at capacity. The Fettlers Shed Gallery had an interesting display of local art and the Village markets at the School of Arts provided another attraction for the visitors to enjoy. Shops and cafes, including the Bowlo and the Pub, did great business.
So all the hard work by the Committee and volunteers paid off and generated funds to enable our not for profit railway group to continue to host tourist trains and look after the railway precinct. A terrific effort from the tired but satisfied band of workers. Our thanks to the local Bushfire Brigade and to our district Police who put some classic pursuit cars of the 70′s on show as well as the latest turbo charged versions. This was of great interest to all and something we will try to do again.
The winners of the various car categories are:-
American – 1948 Buick Convertible – Anthony Huckle from Catherine Fields. Australian – 1959 Holden Special – George Schembri from Girraween.
British – 1965 Lotus Cortina – Geoff Bayliss from Macarthur District.
European – 1966 Volvo P1800 – Dana Jennings from Cronulla.
Unrestored – 1970 Valiant Pacer – Jack Albronda from St Clair.
Commercial – 1948 Ford Pickup – David Peisley from Koonawarra.
Best in Show – 1927 Chev. Tourer – Ray Hatcher from Avoca.
So the weather smiled on us, the autumn colours glowed, car contestants and “show and shiners” arrived in numbers to enjoy our pretty village, and a well patronised tourist train to boot. A truly good day. It fulfilled one of our core aims which is to promote tourism in the Highlands. Hopefully many of the visitors will return again to enjoy the area. Like all outdoor events in the highlands good weather is the absolute bottom line for success. Here is hoping that next
year’s event is as good.
Well done to all.
Steve Carey, President