Great vintage at car rally

"The entrants reckoned it was a really happy rally and they’ll go home with good memories of their weekend in Narrabri"

Ray Johnson of Narrabri with Bradley Johnson, Koby Gray and Matt Johnson on the back of a 1952 Fargo truck. The vehicle was originally owned in Baan Baa and was used for many purposes, including the mail run and harvesting. Mr Johnson bought the truck from Malcolm Roy about 12 years ago and has restored it over the past five or six years. His grandosn Matt is sitting in a 1942 Jeep which Ray Johnson has owned for about three years, and which was restored by Adrian Collett.

By any measure, the annual NSW Council of Historic Motor Clubs car rally held in Narrabri Shire over the Easter weekend has to be rated a success.

More than 80 vehicles and 200 participants from throughout the state (and one from South Australia) took part in the rally, organised this year by the Namoi Valley Antique Vehicle Club in its 40th anniversary year.

While one vehicle, pictured on this page, came from Adelaide (thanks to a family connection with Narrabri), the others were from as far afield as Griffith, Gundagai and Port Macquarie.

It was a major event in the shire at an otherwise quiet Easter.

The highlights were the display day on the grounds behind the Visitor Information Centre in Narrabri on Saturday and a most enjoyable trip to the Namoi Echo Museum at Wee Waa the following day.

Saturday’s event saw lots of locals take advantage of the fine weather to enjoy looking over both the visiting and local vehicles in a great setting.

There was a people’s choice award for the car of the show, won by a 1928 Studebaker President from the Newcastle area.

Much of the success of the event can go down to a hardworking local committee.

NVAVC secretary Malcolm Roy said all the feedback he had received pointed to a successful event.

“The entrants reckoned it was a really happy rally and they’ll go home with good memories of their weekend in Narrabri,” he said.

“Probably because there weren’t big lots of club groups who tend to stick together and don’t mix with the other clubs, [in Narrabri] they dispersed and were talking to other people which made it a really good atmosphere.”