The picturesque backdrop of the Avoca River at Natte Yallock provided a spectacular setting for the 2nd annual Motor de Pyrenees Historic Vehicle Display that was held on Sunday 20th March. The normal tranquil setting was quickly transformed to motor central as just over 200 vehicles of all shapes, sizes, models, and makes made their way around the Reserve and settled in for a day. There was plenty for the large crowd of approximately 450 to see as they wandered around displays, chatted to the owners, caught up with friends while also enjoying a perfect autumn day.
The Pyrenees Historic Vehicle Club members were delighted to welcome members from several neighbouring clubs, including the Maryborough District Historic Vehicle Club, the North Central Vintage & Classic Car Club as well as visitors from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and neighbouring towns. There was much chatter and reminiscing as locals and visitors shared stories about their vehicles and investigated the intricacies of how things worked or how vehicles were restored.
A special feature of the day was the display of trucks throughout the ages with the earliest model being a locally owned 1937 Chev owned by Garry Mc Leod. Other trucks included original prime movers through to fully restored tray trucks.
Other highlights of the day included a range of motorcycles and vintage push bikes as well as a miniature running replica of a T Model Ford Engine. One of the club members also displayed his mini modified tractor which runs 3 V8 engines developing 1200hp and will be competing at the Australian Tractor Pull Championships at Quambatook over Easter.
This year a special event for the children was the Pyrenees Drags where they invited mum or dad, and even grandma, to sit in a Ford or Holden billy cart while the kids dragged them over a 30 metre course to the cheers of the large crowd.
Local singers entertained the gathering and there were lots of activities for the children. The Natte Bealiba Football Netball Club once again did a fantastic job catering for the hungry crowd.
Club president Simon Davidson was delighted with the turn out and thanked the many visitors for attending the day and his committee and club members for their fantastic support prior to and on the day. "It was wonderful to see such a diverse range of vehicles on display and there was a make or model to cater for all interests" he said.
"It never ceases to amaze the committee what vehicles are in the neighboring district and what interest there is in collectable vehicles" Simon added. "We look forward to presenting a bigger and better event next year."
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