Holly May, of Lismore, praying to get a 1936 eight-cylinder Packard, owned by David and Margaret Hayes, of Port Macquarie, and just like one once owned by her father.
Holly May, of Lismore, praying to get a 1936 eight-cylinder Packard, owned by David and Margaret Hayes, of Port Macquarie, and just like one once owned by her father.

Fords in nostalgic return

TREVAN FORD celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and what better way to mark the historic event than to look back at how the showroom looked 100 years ago.

After displaying 130 vehicles at the John Crowther car park in Lismore as part of the 50th Anniversary Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club Rally yesterday, the Trevan’s Lismore showroom was cleared of Falcons and in rolled the cars of yester-year.

“All the pre-1930 Model T and A Fords went down there,” rally director Robert Lovell, of Lismore, said.

“Replacing all those new Ford Falcons with the veteran Ford vehicles, it was a unique opportunity to be able to do that,” he said.

While the Trevan family business was sold five years ago to current owner Andrew Bing, Trevan Ford has a rich history in Lismore.

The business started after founder R H Trevan drove a Model T Ford from Sydney. He spent the first few weeks in Lismore giving joyrides to locals before starting up as a mechanic.

His first sale of a Model T was to a customer whose car was destroyed by fire.

Before the old Fords exited the Trevans lot yesterday, locals and visitors alike viewed the vintage and veteran cars on display.

Holly May, of Lismore, said her dream car would be the 1936 Packard, inspired by her father.

“He taught me how to pull apart cars and put them back together, and it just stuck,” Miss May said.

The rally has two more touring days before finishing up tomorrow night with the 50th anniversary dinner.



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