Collectors shine

VINTAGE: Geoff Pollard with his dog Winnie and his 1941 Buick Eight and 1937 Cadillac LaSalle. Pictures: JODIE DONNELLAN

VINTAGE: Geoff Pollard with his dog Winnie and his 1941 Buick Eight and 1937 Cadillac LaSalle. Pictures: JODIE DONNELLAN

VINTAGE: Geoff Pollard sits proudly in his completely refurbished 1937 black Cadillac LaSalle.

VINTAGE: Geoff Pollard sits proudly in his completely refurbished 1937 black Cadillac LaSalle.

NATIONAL Motoring Heritage Day rolls into Castlemaine on Sunday, May 18.

Vintage vehicle enthusiasts will gather on Western Reserve.

Castlemaine Historic Vehicle Club, Castlemaine Rods, MG Car Club of Victoria - Goldfields Register and Maryborough District Historic Vehicle Club will bring cars to show.

Castlemaine Historic Vehicle Club President Geoff Pollard said the event was designed to display a special art form.

"We want to show the general public our hobby and encourage them to get involved," he said.

"Also to display some of Australia's motoring heritage."

Mr Pollard has a long-standing love of fixing cars.

"I fixed up my first car in the early 1970s," he said.

"It was a 1927 Dodge Tourer which I restored completely.

"I cleaned, repaired and painted everything.

"That particular car had a timber frame and I rebuilt that completely.

"I won the award for 'Best personal restoration' from the Victorian Vintage Drivers Club.

"After that I bought a 1929 Dodge sedan.

"I finished that in the early 1980s and won awards for that too.

"More recently, I sold both Dodge cars to buy the cars I have now.

"A 1941 Buick and 1937 Cadillac LaSalle.

"These days it is cheaper to buy a car that is already refurbished.

"It is probably cheaper to buy it and tinker with it rather than completely restore it yourself.

"It is getting harder to find the skilled trades people like panel beaters and chrome painters.

"There is no doubt that the younger people are less inclined.

"Hopefully, the event will spark young people's interest and show them the skills needed to repair and re-create these cars."

Hopefully, the event will spark young people's interest and show them the skills needed to repair and re-create these cars. - Geoff Pollard

The event will include a show and shine display.

Army vehicles, motorcycles and other collectibles relating to vehicles will also be on show.

"Up to 200,000 vehicles from the 900 clubs will gather from across the country all on the same day," Mr Pollard said.

National Motoring Heritage Day is an initiative of the Australian Historic Motoring Federation.

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