BIG PLANS: Summerland House With No Steps regional manager Brett Lacey (right) with Ron Hambly and his 1936 Plymouth.
BIG PLANS: Summerland House With No Steps regional manager Brett Lacey (right) with Ron Hambly and his 1936 Plymouth.

Vintage cars a driving force

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

sturnbull@northernstar.com.au

RON HAMBLY and George Hobbs have put years of hard work and money into their babies. Now they're ready to give them away.

But it won't be forever ? and it's for a good cause.

Ron, of Richmond Hill, and George, of Wollongbar, will lend their vintage cars to the Summerland House With No Steps at Alstonville when it opens a Vintage Car and Historical Museum, hopefully by next year.

The organisation, which provides employment opportunities to people with disabilities, has received a $100,000 grant for the museum from the Federal Government.

Summerland House regional manager Brett Lacey said the museum would be open before 2007 if they could raise another $400,000.

He said the attraction would feature a constantly changing collection of vintage vehicles and historic transport memorabilia.

"It won't be a static display," he said.

"It will be a world-class facility and it will complement our tourism side and make us able to offer new employment places to people on our waiting lists."

Ron's 1936 Chrysler Plymouth and George's 1929 Chevrolet will be two of the first vehicles on exhibit.

"We won't mind handing them over for a while," Ron said. "Anything to do with the Summerland House is a worthwhile project."

Also on display will be vehicles from Lismore motoring identity Bob Trevan.

Bob is currently in the United Kingdom participating in the London to Brighton Vintage Car Rally.

His collection includes almost $1 million of vintage vehicles, as well as old signs, petrol bowsers and other memorabilia from the 1800s onwards.

Brett said the idea for the museum came from Bob.

"We already refer to the project jokingly as 'Bob's shed'," he said.

Donations and bequests for the museum can be made by contacting Brett Lacey at Summerland House on 66280610.



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