Goulburn is set to be the host destination for one of the biggest car events where around 250 Model A Ford cars will be seen on the city streets.
Over 450 participants from across the country and New Zealand are set to take part in the 27th national meet of NSW Model A Ford Club in the city from September 11-17 in 2022.
Rob Taylor, secretary of the NSW Model A Ford Club, said that every two years, a state sponsors a national meet for car enthusiasts to get together, socialise and enjoy the cars.
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"We decided to hold our national meet in Goulburn next year. The Goulburn Recreational area venue is perfect for us to host the event as it caters to our requirements and also has ample parking space for the cars," Mr Taylor said.
"The accommodation options in Goulburn are outstanding. The location is apt to arrange short trips for people to drive their cars to nearby venues like Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum and places like Bungendore, Braidwood etc and enjoy a day trip to these locations.
"One of the days, we plan to have all the cars drive down to Bungendore at the same time and stop for morning tea there. Then, we plan to head down to Braidwood and stop there for a couple of hours for lunch before heading back to Goulburn."
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Car enthusiasts will also get a chance to see these vintage cars up close as the club is also planning to organise a 'Static Car Display' at a venue in Goulburn.
Meanwhile, the event will give a boost to the local economy with an estimated spend of around $847,350 solely from the event participants during the duration of their stay here.
The Goulburn Mulwaree Council has further said that the figure is likely to increase to $1.06m as the event would attract more local visitors and ones from other areas to the city.
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Lending their support to the event, the council has approved an amount of up to $5,000 excluding GST for in-kind assistance for the club towards the facility hire of the recreation area, cleaning and waste services.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk said that Goulburn is already a regular venue for historic and other car and motorcycle clubs.
"We are arguably becoming the home of Motorsport in Southern NSW, with the Goulburn Speedway, Pheasant Wood Circuit, Wakefield Park, the track soon to open at the Goulburn Motorcycle Club, and our accessible location putting us high on the Motorsport map," he said.
"The Model A Ford Club have identified Goulburn as the ideal destination to host the 2022 National Meet. I look forward to welcoming the participants and spectators of the nationals in, which will bring large crowds to our region and significant economic benefits."
The vintage cars were manufactured from 1928-1931. It was the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gearshift.
The first inaugural meeting of the Model A Ford Club of NSW Inc. was held in 1970 and it aims to preserve and celebrate the Model A Ford by promoting the maintenance of original cars, restoration of cars and the use and driving of vehicles through club activities.