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Cranking up the patriotism ... Justin McCarthy, from Bribie Island, was supporting Australia's Olympic team in his colourfully decorated Austin 7

August 5, 2012

If you were out and about on any of the local highways at the weekend, you would probably have noticed several small processions of unusual vehicles enjoying a spot of motoring in the sunshine.

Four antique car clubs – from the South Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Fraser Coast – met in Kingaroy for the annualĀ 4 Club Rally hosted by theĀ South Burnett Antique Motor Club.

The 74 vehicles, which ranged in age from the 1920s to the 1960s, stopped at St John’s School in Kingaroy on Saturday so their drivers and passengers could enjoy lunch before continuing on their way to the South Burnett Energy Centre in Nanango.

On Sunday, they visited the Dairy Museum in Murgon.

An enthusiastic participant in the the rally was Justin McCarthy, from Bribie Island, who brought along one of his “stable” of Baby Austins.

Justin is truly in love with the marque. He bought his first Austin 7 when he was just 16 … and he still owns it.

The 1935 model he drove in the rally was decked out in green and gold (including balloons on the wheels) in support of Australia’s Olympic team.

The oldest vehicle on the rally was this 1920 Buick

Gerry Manthorpe, Kingaroy, with his 1951 Sunbeam Talbot Mk II

David and Carolyn Williams, from the Sunshine Coast Antique Car Club, and their 1950 MG TD

Graham O'Hanlon, Kingaroy, with his 1946 MG TC

Are two Alvises "Alvii" ? 1936 and 1928 Alvis models in Kingaroy

Doreen Southern, from the Gympie Historic Auto Club, with her 1929 Model A Ford

Fresh from their outing at the Kumbia Centenary Parade ... John Miller with PCA's 1934 Dodge


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