Iconic vehicles on show

May 18, 2018

The 1968 Australian built Austin 1800 Mk 1 Ute to be displayed at Historic Winton.

One of the cars you can expect to see at Historic Winton, the Parsons Phillips Ford V8 Special

Some of the rarest vehicles in history will be showcased when the Historic Winton event kicks off later this month.

More than 2000 vehicles will be gracing Winton Motor Raceway for the event, with iconic vehicles set to be on display for spectators.

A large display from the Model T Ford Club will celebrate 110 years of Ford Model T, as well an unusual Model T billy cart that’s coming from Brisbane.

An Australian made ute that’s hardly seen these days, the Austin 1800, will also be showcased.

Owner of the Austin Ute, Malcolm Chaplin, said it’s been in his possession for the past 18 years.

‘‘It has travelled the country extensively from Hobart to Alice Springs and Uluru and from Brisbane to Adelaide,’’ he said.

‘‘In that time and travelling we have only seen two other Mk 1 Utes.’’

The Norton Owners Club Victoria will also mark several anniversaries by showing off some of their veteran and vintage motorcycles.

Historic Winton organiser Noel Wilcox said a vintage bus will be used to carry spectators to see the displays around the outside of the track.

‘‘Unique vehicles will not only be in the Heritage display, they will be on the race track as well,’’ he said.

‘‘The unique part about Historic Winton is that spectators can visit the competition paddock and see the race cars, bikes and sidecars up close and meet the drivers.’’

Replica and tribute cars such as the Parsons and Phillips Ford V8 Special will also be at this year’s Historic Winton.

The car, which is identical to the one that won the first Albury Grand Prix in 1938, was built by the son and grandson of the original co-driver, Ted Parsons Snr.

Other rare motorcycles on display will include 1954 200cc Velocette LE, a 1963 125cc Honda C92 Benly and a 1963 125cc Kawasaki B8.

‘‘This is just the tip of the iceberg, with 52 vehicle and event anniversaries being celebrated and a large Heritage display of veteran vehicles in the corporate centre at the lower end of the Competition Paddock,’’ Noel said.

On Friday, May 25 the Benalla and District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour will be meeting in front of the Benalla Art Gallery for a tour and Shine and Show display.

Historic Winton will run from May 26 to 27.

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