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Historic cars to descend on Winton

Winton Motor Raceway will host the annual Historic Winton event next weekend.

TONI BRIENT May 16, 2014 3:25am

Hundreds of antique — but not delicate — cars and motorbikes will be on display and on the race track at the Historic Winton next weekend.

Now in its 38th year, the event has grown to become one of a kind, featuring veteran and vintage, sports, classics, hot rods and customs, street machines, and motorbikes.

Event organiser Noel Cox said the crowd, made up of people from across Victoria and southern NSW, rivals that at Winton’s V8 Supercars.

‘‘It’s the longest run all-historic race meet in Australia,’’ Mr Cox said.

 

‘‘We call it the jewel in the crown of the north-east.’’

Historic Winton has been run by the Austin Seven Club and an army of volunteers since its inception.

This year, it will feature 43 events across three days.

While Mr Wilcox said it was impossible to pick a favourite event, he urged spectators to keep a special look-out for Australian-built pre-1960s classics.

‘‘A lot of these vehicles (were built during World War II when) we couldn’t get cars from overseas and there were no parts around because they were all used for scrap,’’ Mr Wilcox said.

‘‘They’re very innovative and guys have built up these ‘Aussie specials’ with just whatever parts they could find.’’

Spectators can also watch the Sunday afternoon race of antique motorbikes with sidecars and check out the cars in the spectator paddock.

Mr Wilcox said it was the history that came with the machines that really made the Historic Winton special.

 

‘‘It’s just mouthwatering what appears and what comes out of the woodwork... you get some old timers scratching their heads and saying they remember seeing that car 50 years ago,’’ he said.

In addition to the events at Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla and District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour will be held on Friday, May 23, assembling 9am, at the Benalla Art Gallery.

The tour concludes with a ‘‘Shine and Show’’ display outside the Benalla Civic Centre from 3pm to 5pm.

 

The Ensign has 25 double passes to Historic Winton to give away to our readers.

For your chance to win, simply answer the following question: How many years has Historic Winton been going?

Get your entry in by messaging the Ensign on Facebook, emailing editor@benallaensign.com.au, post to Benalla Ensign, PO Box 521, Benalla, or drop into the office at 3/55 Carrier St, Benalla by 5pm on Friday, May 16.

Winners will be announced in the May 21 edition of the Ensign. Please note, winners will not be notified by phone.

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