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3 November 2018 / leggypeggy

Love old wheels? Check out Yass

1937 Packard 120 Business Coupe

1937 Packard 120 Business Coupe

1939 Buick Business Coupe

1939 Buick Business Coupe

1924 Ford Model T Speedster

1924 Ford Model T Speedster

If you’re quick and anywhere near Yass in New South Wales, you still have time to check out Classic Yass, the annual vintage motor show. It’s on today, 3 November, with almost 350 entrants spread across Banjo Patterson and Riverside Parks.

My friend, Maggie, and I stopped by this morning. We went early and got the second-best parking place in town.

Hundreds of people (and quite a few dogs) were there to enjoy the cars and billy cart (go cart) races. Maggie said there had been a plan to cancel the races, but there had been a public outcry. Race organiser, the Rotary Club, said they needed more volunteers for the races to go ahead. That worked because most of Yass offered to help.

The day has plenty of other activities. There are plenty of food stalls, a vintage fashion parade, various music and dance performances, an art display, a book sale (on Sunday too), Devonshire teas and a dance to finish off the evening.

1934 Chevrolet Standard Roadster

1934 Chevrolet Standard Roadster

1936 Armstrong Siddeley 12 Plus TT Sports

1936 Armstrong Siddeley 12 Plus TT Sports

1951 Riley RMB

1951 Riley RMB

But getting back to cars. I don’t care much about vehicles in general. Mine gets me from A to B. But I love looking at vintage ones. It’s especially fun to see those I remember from my childhood.

We lived on a busy street and the next-door neighbour’s son, David, and I used to sit on the front porch and name the car makes as they cruised by.

1958 Wolseley 1500 MK I

1958 Wolseley 1500 MK I

1956 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire

1956 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire

1954 Swallow Doretti Roadster

1954 Swallow Doretti Roadster

The neighbours behind us collected Packards. I think they had five—with three up on blocks in the backyard. David’s dad had a Studebaker and sometimes he gave us a lift to school. My dad had an ancient blue Dodge van and a pale green 1953 Chrysler.

One of our friends in Burma collected cars. I rode in his Lagonda and Edsel. Another time, I had rides in a Daimler, a Rolls Royce and a Jaguar. And in the early 1970s, I owned a Cougar, the one that was named Car of the Year in 1967.

1958 Lambretta

1958 Lambretta with sidecar

By the way, see the motorbike and sidecar just above. I drove out to Yass yesterday in a downpour. I can’t be 100 per cent sure, but on the way I saw a rider with his bright red motorbike and sidecar sheltering under a tree.

Have a look at some of the other gems that were on display in Yass today. Do you have a favourite vintage car?

1954 Daimler Conquest

1954 Daimler Conquest

1959 Jaguar XK150 FHC

1959 Jaguar XK150 FHC

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  1. Doggedly Yours / Nov 3 2018 3:14 pm

    Brilliant…wish I was there.

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  2. Yvonne / Nov 3 2018 5:42 pm

    Oh, yes. Please may I have that Jaguar? Or, the Chevrolet Roadster, or the Riley. I love vintage cars!

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  3. toutparmoi / Nov 3 2018 5:50 pm

    I’ll have the 1934 Chev Roadster.

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  4. Vicki / Nov 3 2018 7:12 pm

    Gosh, my Father would be in his element there. He used to do up old cars when I was a teenager (until my Mother said a few strong words). At age 17, I would walk around the vintage and veteran car rallies with him and fantasised about him buying me a vintage MG for my 21st birthday. Needless to say I ended up buying a white Mini Minor as my first car for $585 (or something like that).

    Gosh these photos do bring back memories I thought were truly dead and buried.

    I also remember when I was 19, in college, and going in/from the city with my Father, I’d sit on the high back seat of the restored old Riley pretending Dad was the chauffeur. I think it might have been originally brought out in 1951 (like the 1951 Riley in your photo, except ours was all black).

    I also remember Dad doing up a 1929(?) DKW (when there were only 6 complete in Australia). Apparently the Australian version of this German car were quite unique and I came across a website relaying the history of DKWs in Australia just now.

    (It took me ages to search Google images to find the name ‘DKW’ as I couldn’t remember the name, before typing this comment, just had the year 1929 flash through my mind and remember it being low-slung like a sports car).

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    • Yvonne / Nov 3 2018 8:14 pm

      I had an MGA, and wish I had it now. I saw an MG TC yesterday, and felt a flash of envy.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2018 8:50 pm

      Oh wow, Vicki, thanks so very much for sharing your car memories. I can just imagine you (or me) sitting up high in the back of your dad’s Riley. How cool that he did up vintage cars.

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      • Vicki / Nov 3 2018 9:53 pm

        It would have been ‘cooler’ if that vintage MG had been parked out front of our house on my birthday 😀
        (amazing that those memories are appearing out of nowhere, as most of my youth is completely blank, just a few weird or embarrassing incidents left).

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2018 9:58 pm

        Hope the rekindled memories were all good even if the MG didn’t appear outside your house on that important birthday.

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  5. Emma Cownie / Nov 3 2018 7:52 pm

    Amazing cars. There used to be a Wolseley down the road from us in England.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2018 8:52 pm

      Thanks. Not sure that I’d ever heard of a Wolseley until I went to a Classic Yass.

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      • Emma Cownie / Nov 4 2018 10:22 pm

        A very old fashioned car. You NEVER see them anymore. You might see a morris minor, but they are pretty rare now too.

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 5 2018 7:51 pm

        We see quite a few old cars. Not every day, but at least weekly. Often out on the weekends. Maybe it’s because our weather is fairly mild.

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  6. derrickjknight / Nov 3 2018 8:24 pm

    “I don’t care much about vehicles in general. Mine gets me from A to B. But I love looking at vintage ones. It’s especially fun to see those I remember from my childhood.” That’s me to a model T

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  7. beetleypete / Nov 3 2018 8:43 pm

    You had a ’70s Cougar? That was a ‘muscle’ car!
    Love the 1930s cars, so the Chevrolet Roadster is definitely my favourite here.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2018 8:55 pm

      The Chevy Roadster is amazing. My Cougar was a 1967 model. That was the year it was Car of the Year, but I bought mine secondhand in 1970. It was copper-coloured with a black leather roof. I must post a pic.

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      • beetleypete / Nov 3 2018 9:01 pm

        The ’67 was even better! Such a great shape.
        (Sorry, you said that in the text, and I read it too fast. 🙂 )

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2018 9:18 pm

        That’s okay. I scan too. My 1967 Cougar was amazing.

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  8. America On Coffee / Nov 3 2018 9:11 pm

    A real beauty!!

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  9. America On Coffee / Nov 3 2018 9:41 pm

    The red Jaguar, I especially meant. ❤❤❤❤❤

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  10. jeanleesworld / Nov 3 2018 10:32 pm

    I’m not sure if our comment went through before Bash went nuts with the keyboard, but he picked the 1951 Riley as it looks like Junior Moon from Cars 3. This sort of event would have been heaven for the boys! 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2018 10:35 pm

      This comment came through loud and clear. Please tell Bash that I’m so glad I included the pic of the Riley. I had no idea it was a Junior Moon look-alike. Maybe it was the inspiration.

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      • jeanleesworld / Nov 4 2018 10:17 pm

        It might have been! I’ll give Pixar this–they work hard on researching the cars they animate. The boys are so good at identifying makes and models of cars. 🙂

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 10:48 pm

        I wish I’d had Biff and Bash sitting next to me on the front porch so many years ago.

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  11. gerard oosterman / Nov 3 2018 10:49 pm

    My first car was a Ford V8 single spinner 1949. It had an ashtray and ciggi lighter, leather seats. I loved it. I took a girl out in it. There had been a ‘Willy Willy at Woy Woy. A lot of devastation and damage. So I thought I would take a girl out to see it. She wasn’t all that keen.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 8:01 am

      What a great way to start my day Gerard. I’m laughing out loud. I wonder how many readers would understand a ‘Willy Willy at Woy Woy’? Woy Woy is a place and a Willy Willy is like a little tornado. Pity the girl wasn’t impressed.

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  12. Robert Parker / Nov 3 2018 11:30 pm

    Wow, wonderful, and a lot of them, I’ve never seen before. I’d be delighted to go for a ride in any of these (except maybe the sidecar). 99% of cars nowadays don’t have 1% of the style these beauties do.

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  13. sidilbradipo1 / Nov 4 2018 1:11 am

    I do adore old ladies 💕😍💕
    Super-wonderful show!
    Great shots 😀
    Ciao
    Sid

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 8:03 am

      Thanks Sid. I’ve been to several Yass Classics and they’re always wonderful.

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  14. Popping Wheelies / Nov 4 2018 2:01 am

    We always enjoy these car shows and imagine what it was like to drive them when they were new.

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  15. Phil Huston / Nov 4 2018 2:38 am

    Not sure I’m up for the trip to New South Wales, but this sort of thing can happen spontaneously in a parking lot in Texas. One guy parks his vintage Shelby Cobra and a friend shows up with a 30’s Caddy, they make some phone calls and it’s on. My neighbor I see on the dog walk is out early on Saturday morning in his Turquoise ’56 T-Bird convertible off to some parking lot. However Morse’s ’59 Jag is a rare bird, and how that Lambretta pulled a sidecar with more than a bag of groceries in it is suspect. My fave was the 1958 Wolseley 1500 MK I. Want one! As a side note, it’s always nice when someone brings a Model T for you to relate to your youth :0

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 8:10 am

      There was a T-bird at the Yass show, but it was—are you ready for this—beige. A Wolseley can look smart in beige, but not a T-bird. 🙂

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      • Phil Huston / Nov 4 2018 10:39 am

        You know there was that fleshy beige, usually a two tone that was big in the 50’s on Fords. A Fairlane or Galaxy or whatever? OK. A T-Bird? Ewwwwww.

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 10:52 am

        Yep, ewwwwww is right.

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  16. Snapshotsincursive / Nov 4 2018 2:44 am

    What an eyeful of stunning autos. Love the vibrant colors. Model T’s are popular in my neck of the woods. 👀🍃

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  17. Curt Mekemson / Nov 4 2018 3:43 am

    I always wonder why the old cars seem so much classier than today’s models, Peggy. Is it just our age or are old cars really that much more interesting? I was talking to someone the other day about how rolling out new models was really a big thing in the 50s and car makers worked hard to make their autos look unique. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 8:13 am

      You’re right, Curt. Old cars really are that much more interesting.

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  18. forwardtogloryquartet / Nov 4 2018 5:31 am

    Spectacular collection, Peggy. Big money restorations. In my time, I had over 50 vintage rigs (not at the same time!), and went overboard with what I called ‘caraholicism’. Totally cured for the longest time. New cars aren’t lovable. Behind the ‘54 Daimler, that’s a 49-50 Packard, upper right. And behind the 51 Riley, a nice little (Holden?) wagon. I once had a 53 Chrysler Town & Country wagon. Long story…

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 8:16 am

      Thanks Brian. I remember your love of vintage rigs. You’re so right. New cars aren’t lovable.

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  19. Yvonne / Nov 4 2018 7:22 am

    Just look at all the closet car lovers who responded to your beautiful presentation. May I please reblog this, with all credit to you.

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  20. Gilda Baxter / Nov 4 2018 8:03 am

    Amazing colection of timeless, beautiful cars. My sister works at a car and aircraft museum in London, I always love going to see their fab exhibits. Thank you for this great post😄

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 4 2018 8:19 am

      You are most welcome. Your sister is very lucky to work in a car and aircraft museum.

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  21. Yvonne / Nov 4 2018 9:39 am

    Reblogged this on Hello World and commented:
    Who doesn’t love a carefully restored vintage car? Thank you to the long legged one for sharing these beauties with us.

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  22. kkessler833 / Nov 4 2018 10:33 am

    Wow! Impressive!

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  23. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Nov 5 2018 3:57 am

    What a fun ride with you this morning. Sorry, couldn’t help myself there. I’ll show my husband later today – he loves old cars and can’t get enough of them. Here in the US, as you may have noticed, we’ve become a highway of SUVs, most of them silver – and mine is right in the mix.

    The YASS folks sound like a great bunch as they responded to make sure the billy races continued. Now that’s community at its best.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 5 2018 7:55 am

      Yass is a wonderful community and I feel part of it. Maggie’s husband died a few years ago and I go out and stay with her once a week.

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      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Nov 5 2018 8:03 am

        You are a true friend, Peggy.

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 5 2018 8:25 am

        Maggie’s husband, Jim, used to say she and I were joined at the hip. In 2003 we did a nine-week trip around the world together and we’re still speaking to one another.

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  24. Brian Lageose / Nov 5 2018 4:41 pm

    It may not be the most glamorous of the bunch, but the Riley has “me” written all over it. Please let me know when you’re having it delivered so I can be sure to stay home that day… 😉

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 5 2018 6:14 pm

      I can picture you sitting in the Riley. Unfortunately someone else beat me to it.

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  25. thewonderer86 / Nov 5 2018 6:27 pm

    They are all beautiful.

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  26. etiliyle / Nov 5 2018 7:52 pm

    💕💞💕💞💕💞

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  27. Green Global Trek / Nov 7 2018 5:31 pm

    Such magnificent beauties. Definitely for us, this was one of the best parts of Cuba. Love the pics, what a visual treat!!

    Peta

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  28. barkinginthedark / Nov 8 2018 8:45 am

    oh yass! continue…

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 8 2018 4:52 pm

      True story. There used to be a huge billboard on the highway outside Yass. It advertised the Golden Arches. There were the arches followed by Yass. Looked remarkably like MyAss and didn’t stay up for long.

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      • mistermuse / Nov 13 2018 8:53 am

        Using all my will power, I shall refrain from joking about “MyAss” (or yours, for that matter), but I did want to thank you for this post. As is obvious from previous commenters, who doesn’t love old cars!

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 13 2018 11:51 am

        You are most welcome. Everyone with any long-term connection to Yass still remembers and laughs about that darn sign. I promise to check out next year’s Classic Yass.

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  29. paolsoren / Nov 19 2018 2:57 pm

    I love these old cars and I could have gone on my road trip through Yass but I would still have missed it by a few days. So I’m glad you got to it.

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  30. positivesideofcoin / Nov 30 2018 6:41 pm

    Wow….what a collection…loved it❤️

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  31. Nilzeitung / Dec 2 2018 7:34 am

    Thank you for everything, and wish you beautiful first Advent …, much luck!! All times

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 4 2018 10:46 pm

      You are most welcome. I enjoy looking at your newspaper posts. Happy Advent to you too.

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      • Nilzeitung / Dec 5 2018 4:48 am

        Thanks to, you too are welcome. I also like to look at your post. Because they belong top 10 my pursue!!! Of course almost everything of us are anonymous but in our lines I can see whether real people on the other side of world map what they feel or think (art character) they belong to it (top10)!! Happy Advent for you too.

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 5 2018 1:36 pm

        It is wonderful how blogs help to connect the world.

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