Rally a look at golden era of automobiles | Video, Photos

THE wheels of the motor industry have evolved so much since the 1900s and history is why so many people still try and relive those great days, Dubbo Antique Automobile Club secretary Paul Allan says.

"A lot of us are in our 70s and 80s and we have great memories. It is a reflection of our early childhood for us," he said.

On the weekend dozens of proud owners were part the Autumn Tour, a special weekend where they got to drive and tell the stories of their much-loved cars, made between 1901 to 1931.

On Friday the Antique Club showed their vehicles at the Aussie Cabins on the Sheraton Road before an afternoon drive, and on Saturday they headed to Wellington, via the back roads through Wongarbon and Geurie.

A dinner for about 200 people was held at Dubbo RSL on Saturday night.

Mr Allan said the owners came from all kinds of backgrounds.

"Some in the group are in their 30s and 40s and from every walk of life. From High Court judges to bus drivers, there are vehicles worth $100,000 and some $5000," he said.

Mr Allan was particularly proud of his Marmon, which he purchased unrestored. The eight-cylinder engine didn't cost too much in the early days and the price of fuel was cheap.

Mr Allan has worked tirelessly to spruce and restore the Marmon.

While not a household car brand now, Marmon produced vehicles in Texas during the early 1900s, after starting out as a flour mill factory.

Mr Allan's interest was in his days in the aircraft industry in general engineering and later as a mechanic and farm machinery owner he also worked for Dalgetys, one of Australia's best known livestock selling firms.


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