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has been the home to many hobbies over the years. From vintage cars to races down at the track, it is the setting for people to share their interest with locals. So when the

Antique club celebrates T

he Hawkesbury Showground

Clarendon Classic makes its annual appearance this month, the Sydney Antique Machinery Club will showcase what has kept it running for 20 years. Te milestone will be celebrated at the ground which has become the permanent home of the club for the last 15 years and member Ron Irving has recalled how this group came together. “Tere were people who had an

interest in antique machinery so a few of them got together and called a rally that was held in Wilberforce,” Mr Irving said. “Initially the club started in Blacktown but when we moved to Wilberforce we had so many members that we couldn’t go back. “Tere are 350 members in our club now and it has just grown as interest expands.” Mr Irving, who was born in Scotland,

will display his most prized possession at the show-an engine built in Glasgow in 1923-which he says allows him to take a trip back into the last century. “Most of the engine collectors are

looking out for the exotic stuff like my Glasgow,” Mr Irving added.

by Mitchell Grima

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“But what seems to attract people who

just come for a look are things that they used as children, because they become very nostalgic. “People who are not that old can

remember living in houses without electricity and show their children what machines they had to use.” It’s not only the older generation who

will be on hand to celebrate the club’s 20th

anniversary with many young kids

jumping on board machines that have been replaced by more efficient models nowadays. “We have a miniature pedal car

competition for kids where 3 to 6 year olds take part to see if they can pedal faster than their friends,” Mr Irving said. “Tere aren’t any prizes, it’s just a fun

competition to teach the kids more.” Te Clarendon Classic will be held

from September 17-18 at the Hawkesbury Showground.

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