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Golden oldies roll in for Meet

Jim Allingham with his 1928 Ford Tudor taxi at the Model A Ford national meet at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
Jim Allingham with his 1928 Ford Tudor taxi at the Model A Ford national meet at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

MORE than 170 of the classic A Ford cars synonymous with the 1920s will hit the bitumen this week as the National A Ford Meet begins in Ipswich.

The classic car owners have converged on Ipswich for the biennial event to celebrate the Ford model produced between 1928 and 1931.

Run organiser Ken Gehrke said most of the Fords arrived yesterday in preparation for a week of car rallies and get-togethers for club members from around Australia.

The car club cruisers will roll around Ipswich until Saturday, taking in the region from the windows of their restored rides.

On Thursday the 170-strong convoy will head to Boonah for lunch in the main event of the week.

Mr Gehrke expects a few interested onlookers to drop by during the meet to get a closer look at the automobile relics.

"It's a love of old cars, and for a lot of us they are part of the family. My car has been in the family since 1939. I have been driving it since I was 12," he said.

One of the enthusiasts is Jim Allingham, of Sydney, who brought his New York taxi-styled Ford for the event.

Mr Allingham bought the car 45 years ago and last year was approached by Fox Studios, who wanted to use it in a movie.

They transformed the paint work into that of a 1920s New York cab for a yet to be released film.

"I just like the old cars and saw this one and approached the owner," he said. "I took it home and my mother asked me what I was going to do with it, and she wanted me to give it away but I persevered.

"I restored it from a total farm wreck into what it is today. Four years of restoration and it has been used by us ever since as a family car and a club car."

Model motors

  • Model A Fords were first produced in Detroit.
  • Fewer than five million were produced in three years.
  • The cars will be on show at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Topics:  cars, ford, ipswich, meet



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