It was full on at Tatura’s Hill Top Golf and Country Club on Thursday as staff catered for more than 200 people taking part in the Veteran Car Club of Australia’s (Vic) National Tour.By Bob Nicol
The week-long tour of the Goulburn Valley, which attracted 141 veteran cars — those produced before December 31, 1918 — visited Tatura on Thursday.
It was at Hill Top that the Guardian caught up with a number of participants including Syd Norman and his sister Barbara Canterford in their 1910 Standard, one of only three in the world and the only one in Australia.
Ms Canterford is no stranger to Tatura, having taught at a number of schools in the area between 1972-1997, including Murchison, Rushworth, Merrigum and Tatura Primary School where she was principal.
‘‘It was interesting to visit Tatura, Murchison and Rushworth. So much has changed since I left the area,’’ she said.
Mr Norman ‘‘rescued’’ the Standard, called ‘Edward’ from a car dump in 2007 and began its restoration.
Mr Norman said it had been his wife Janet’s wish to have a ride in the restored car, which occurred at a rally in September last year.
‘‘Sadly Janet passed away two days after the rally. I was thrilled that her wish was achieved,’’ he said.
Mr Norman has placed a plaque (pictured right) on the dashboard of ‘Edward’ as a permanent reminder of his wife.
The arrival of the vehicles, including motorcycles, created plenty of interest on Thursday as they drove along Hogan St on the way to the lunch break at Hill Top.
It was a similar scene at Hill Top, with many people taking the opportunity to enjoy a closer inspection of the magnificent cars, some of which were more than 100 years old.
Rally director Barry Forryan said the 200 rally participants visited Dookie, Euroa, Tatura, Murchison, Shepparton and Rushworth as part of the national tour, which wrapped up with a dinner at the Goulburn Valley Hotel on Friday.
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