NRMA parades patrol history
IN THE 1950s this Morris "J" patrol van was the chosen ride of those trustworthy NRMA roadside assistance mechanics.
Harking back to an age when most of our high-tech stuff still came from England, the British-made vehicle has brought back many memories for those alive back then during this week's tour of the North Coast.
A version of this 1951 model served as the fleet vehicle from the late 1940s until the early 1960s.
The NRMA has been celebrating its 90th anniversary this week, which culminated in a visit to Lismore on Thursday by deputy president Wendy Machin.
"The NRMA established its roadside assistance service in 1924 with two Patrols dressed in khaki, with the motto Never Refuse Motorists' Assistance," Ms Machin said.
"Contrary to popular belief the first patrols didn't fix broken-down cars, instead they supervised parked cars, taking them for 'short spins' so their owners didn't get a parking fine," she said.
The old Morris was the star of the show at the Lismore anniversary barbecue, but there was also 90 years of NRMA memorabilia on display including a 1930s tunic, jacket and hat, and photos, badges, and travel guides dating back to the 1920s.