Vintage beauties a car lovers dream

President of the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club, Norm Clapham, with his 1958 twin cylinder Lloyd-Hartnett which will be one of 70 cars on display at the House With No Steps this Saturday.

It took Norm Clapham years to track down a car like the one he owned brand new in 1958.

But 15 years ago he finally found one in a museum in Bundaberg, paying $800 for it.

It wasnt actually in the museum, it was out the back in the shed, he said. It was as though it had been left out in the wet for 30 years. It was in a sad state when I picked it up.

The 1958 twin cylinder Lloyd-Hartnett has now been lovingly restored and Norm said it was one of the rarest cars in the district, sometimes getting booked for weddings.

The little turquoise beauty will be just one of 70 vintage cars on display during the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Clubs annual rally this Saturday, August 12, at the Summerland House With No Steps near Alstonville. The cars will be on display from 1-3.30pm and people are invited to pack a picnic and enjoy the gardens and playground at the House With No Steps, or join in a tour of the facility from 1-2pm.

For those unable to attend the full display on Saturday, Norm says you can see all the cars assembled in Lismore on Sunday, August 13, between 8am and 9.30am at the car park next to the Lismore Police Station.

Its a also a chance to chat to owners and hear some of the stories behind the restoration work.

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