Easter rally event

This Easter weekend Broken Hill will play host to vintage cars from NSW, Victoria and South Australia for the biennial Easter Bushman’s Rally.

The two-day event has been organised by the Broken Hill Veteran and Vintage Car Club and will see cars and commercial vehicles from the 1920’s to 1980’s take to the streets to explore the town and show off their classic cars.

Rally director Paul Kitchen said members of the public are welcome to attend the car judging on Easter Saturday, starting at 1pm.

The cars will be on display at Sturt Park for four hours, and will be grouped by decade.

Cars will be judged according to authenticity, paintwork, upholstery, chrome work, and their tyres, according to rally committee member Bruce Lord.

“You can tell how authentic a car is just by looking at it, if the colour is correct for its time period and make, if the upholstery has been maintained, that sort of thing,” Mr Lord said.

Mr Lord’s own car, a 1934 Plymouth Roadster, has been in Broken Hill since it was bought by a local archdeacon the same year it was made.

He said all Roadsters of that era were painted red, green, blue or light yellow, but as its buyer was a minister of the church it was painted black for him at the factory.

The cars will be seen driving around town on Easter Saturday and Sunday starting from 9am, when they leave the carpark near McDonalds to visit various locations around town including the RFDS base, the Miners Memorial, The Big Picture Gallery, Umberumberka, and Silverton.

Mr Kitchen said numbers were a little lower this year, but there will still be about 45 classic cars taking part in the weekend.

“We’ll have quite a decent rally,” Mr Kitchen said.

“The Easter Bushman’s Rally has been running every second year since 1974, it’s a bit of a tradition,” he said.

“Every off year when there’s not a rally we still bring the cars out for the Show and Shine which is always very popular.”