McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic 2019 attracts 20,000 people

ANOTHER ERA: The 2019 McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic had more than 20,000 attend to see a myriad classic vehicles. City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson enjoyed a front row seat during the parade. PHOTO: Sharon Baker.

ANOTHER ERA: The 2019 McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic had more than 20,000 attend to see a myriad classic vehicles. City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson enjoyed a front row seat during the parade. PHOTO: Sharon Baker.

The morning started with a great breakfast in the paddock at Serafino in beautiful McLaren Vale. Over 500 classic vehicles and motorcycles assembled ready for the parade.

The Mayor of the City of Onkaparinga Erin Thompson chose the vehicle that she would like to take home, which was a 1964 Ford Thunderbird.

Julia Brown and Samantha James carried out the judging of the dress up categories and prizes were presented to the winners.

Mayor Erin Thompson and many participants were dressed in vintage clothing and this added to the colour of the day.

The parade of spectacular vehicles commenced at 11am and proceeded along Kangarilla Road and the Main Street, which was lined with a huge crowd of more than 20,000 people of all age groups.

The cafes were all busy and many spectators were set up along the roadside with chairs, tables and picnics.

Everyone from grandpa to grandchildren and dogs watched the cavalcade of vehicles which then dispersed to 11 different wineries where they were on display for the afternoon.

The oldest car to take part was a 1906 Cadillac and this drew a lot of attention from the crowd. This vehicle has been fully restored and is in immaculate condition.

The oldest car to take part was a 1906 Cadillac. Photo: Sharon Baker.

The oldest car to take part was a 1906 Cadillac. Photo: Sharon Baker.

There was also a good array of motorcycles - Harley Davidson, Ducati, Norton and various other makes and models.

This is the first time that motorcycles have been included and it is hoped that the number taking part will increase in the future.

All the wineries had live music and excellent food and attracted a large number of people to see the cars that were on display.

On the Saturday night there was a charity dinner at Serafino where motoring legend John Bowe was the special guest. John was interviewed by Tony Parkinson and gave an insight into his colourful career in motorsport.

There was a lively auction conducted by Robert Brokenshire, as well as raffles and silent auction items.

Funds raised from this dinner will be donated to the McLaren Vale & District War Memorial Hospital. There will also be a donation to McLaren Vale & McLaren Flat CFS units.

The eye catching 1964 Ford Thunderbird. Photo: Sharon Baker.

The eye catching 1964 Ford Thunderbird. Photo: Sharon Baker.

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