Classic cars go on show at Lismore

ALSTONVILLE car collector Brian King must have an enormous shed.

When asked how many cars he had, he started rattling off a list of names including "three Jack Brabham speedway cars" and "Reg Ansett's 4WD utility that was given to him by Mike Willesee on This is Your Life in 1973".

He also counted several trucks among his collection but when pressed, he really couldn't tell how many vehicles he owned.

But it was a 1950 Sampson Special Indy Car he dusted off and took to the annual Summerland Classic Car and Motor Show in Lismore yesterday.

The car was the last built by USA racing pioneer Alden Simpson.

Simpson inherited a fortune when his father's trucking company was sold to General Motors and young Alden invested much of it into racing cars, winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1928.

His 1950 Special qualified with an average speed of 129.9 miles an hour, but these days it is admired for its engineering and style, rather than its speed.

It leaves the shed only for shows such as this, but Mr King was clearly pleased to share its history and story with other car enthusiasts.

This was the 31st annual Summerland car show, which raises money for child health charity Our Kids.

There were cars from Minis to Mustangs on display, plus a selection of bikes from the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club.

Committee chairman Jeff Johnston said the event attracted people from as far afield as the Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour.

"There is a huge variety, so people come to see all sorts of different eras and cars from all over the world, which is different to a lot of car clubs that just have a few makes and models," Mr Johnston said.

"There is a huge variety here and that's why people enjoy it," he said.

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