Car club hits the road

VINTAGE: Tyler and Oakley Edwards seated in the 1896 Henry Ford “Quadricycle” Replica. Photo: Supplied.
VINTAGE: Tyler and Oakley Edwards seated in the 1896 Henry Ford “Quadricycle” Replica. Photo: Supplied.

September 1 is promoted by the Federation of Historic Motor Vehicles SA as Drive it Day in South Australia. Historic vehicle owners are encouraged to take their vehicles out for the day, and the Auto Collectors Club of Murray Bridge (ACCMB) did.

ACCMB members took part in the annual Drive it Day – Old Car Day organized by the Gawler Veteran Vintage and Classic Vehicle Club (GVVCVC) at Bethany Reserve in the Barossa Valley, and combine that run with the ACCMB yearly “Economy Run”.

ACCMB members assembled at the Johnstone Park Clubrooms at 9.30am.

Eighteen vehicles assembled. Mr Courtney welcomed all present including new member Gus Frisby, along with Tyler and Oakley Edwards, travelling with their grandparents, before giving out last minute instructions for the days’ activities.

Then it was off, travelling to the Mount Pleasant oval for morning tea and to catch up with a few of the clubs Adelaide Hills ACCMB members.

During morning tea, heavy rain took the shine off the immaculately presented vehicles, but this didn’t dampen any spirits. Then it was off via Mengler’s Hill Sculpture Park.

It was obvious many members couldn’t read the carefully presented map of directions, with vehicles arriving from different directions, but with all vehicles present and correct. It was then off to Bethany Reserve.

On arrival ACCMB members were met by officials from the GVVCVC, who directed vehicles into their parking areas, joining the other 160 Veteran, Vintage and Classic cars on display.

With all cars parked and banners installed, tables were set and chairs to enjoy lunch in what now turned out to be a glorious sunny and warm day. Members wandered, viewing various displays from other clubs.

One of the day’s highlights was the Henry Ford 1896 Quadricycle replica, named because it ran on four bicycle tyres and because the engine drove the back wheels.

The original Quadricycle sold for $200 in 1896. It was a two-seat roadster, two-cylinder engine, two-speed transmission, with a 49-inch wheelbase, and weighed 500 pounds.