Vintage cars on show at fair

HOT STUFF: Laurie Middleton shows off his vintage Dodge to Alstonville Rotarians Geoff Alexander and Elva Fitzell.
HOT STUFF: Laurie Middleton shows off his vintage Dodge to Alstonville Rotarians Geoff Alexander and Elva Fitzell.

ANTIQUES, books and collectables will be displayed and offered for sale this weekend at the Alstonville Rotary Antiques and Collectables Fair.

Historic vehicles of all shapes and sizes will also be on show, including a magnificent vintage Dodge car.

Alstonville resident Laurie Middleton, now retired but a keen member of the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club, is the proud owner of the bright red 1927 Dodge Tourer.

Amazingly, this was Laurie's very first car, which he purchased from his uncle more than 50 years ago.

And the car is still his pride and joy.

Earlier, the car was owned by Doctor Gordon Calnan, a general partitioner.

He was the first GP in Alstonville and later worked in Ballina.

Historic vehicles of different shapes and sizes owned by members of the Summerland Sports and Classic Car Club and the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veterans Car Club will be proudly displayed at the fair.

Every car has its own story to tell and their owners are always keen to explain their restoration and talk about the sheer fun of driving and displaying their slice of history.

Alstonville fair co-ordinator Geoff Alexander urged people to attend this weekend's event.

"If you are a keen collector, want to buy a present for someone special, or just curious about things from the past, the fair is well worth a visit for you and your family," he said.

"The Alstonville Plateau Historical Society will be there with a stand in the foyer and pleased to discuss your recollections or local connection with bygone times."

The Alstonville Rotary Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre on Saturday, May 18, from 9am to 4.30pm, and Sunday, May 19, from 10am to 3pm.

The entrance fee is $6 and profits will go to support Rotary-sponsored charities.

Food and refreshments are to be provided by the Inner Wheel Club of Alstonville.

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