Vintage cars on display at Trentham ‘Show and Shine’ event

The Trentham historic railway station precinct is expected to be filled with more than 100 vintage cars on Sunday for the Trentham Classic Car Show. 

With a growing interest in old cars, Trentham car club Cool Country Classics secretary Bill Franzke said the event was likely to attract visitors from as far as Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne. 

CAR ENTHUSIASTS: Trentham Cool Country Classics members Leon Sims and Bill Franzke will have their old cars on show. Picture: Dylan Burns.

CAR ENTHUSIASTS: Trentham Cool Country Classics members Leon Sims and Bill Franzke will have their old cars on show. Picture: Dylan Burns.

Mr Franzke said there would be cars from a range of time periods on show. 

“We have a few members who have vintage cars from the 1920s and 1930s. There’s a lot of cars from the 1960s and 1970s and quite a lot of British and American cars and Australian Holdens,” he said. 

Mr Franzke said the increasing popularity of old cars was incredible. “There are a lot of people in the age range from 65 to 80 odd that were interested in cars when they were kids but probably didn’t have the money to invest in one,” he said. 

“Then they get to retirement age with a lazy few thousand and think ‘I always wanted an Austin Healey or a Mustang’ and they just go and buy one.”

Leon Sims own a black 1949 Citroen Traction Avant and Bill Franzke owns a 1951 Bristol 401. Picture: Dylan Burns

Leon Sims own a black 1949 Citroen Traction Avant and Bill Franzke owns a 1951 Bristol 401. Picture: Dylan Burns

Trentham Cool Country Classics vice president David Somerfield said this year’s car show aimed to give back to the community. 

Proceeds from gate takings will be donated to the Trentham kindergarten and community groups will be running food stalls. 

The Trentham Classic Car Show will run from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.