Vintage treasure rolls in
Tuesday, 17th September, 2019
By Emily McInerney
Two long distance adventurers are about to roll into the city in a 1937 Riley Lynx.
Noel McIntosh and Rob Everett will be here on Thursday as part of a 15-day, 5000km trip around the perimeter of NSW.
They left Sydney on September 12, travelling down the South coast to Eden then up the mountains to Jindabyne.
After Broken Hill, the pair will go up the Darling River to Wilcannia, Bourke, Walgett, Moree, Goondiwindi, Tenterfield and the Pacific Ocean at Tweed Heads.
The drive will be used to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
“We decided to back the Fred Hollows Foundation as it has a strong regional presence where its services are desperately needed,” Noel said.
“We know many rural people love old machines and we may be able to raise the need for the sight-giving operation.
“Fred is buried in Bourke where we will make an emotional stop.”
The 1937 Riley Lynx is a 1500cc four-cylinder four-seater convertible.
“It is very comfortable on the road, well suited to long distance driving - if it keeps going,” Noel said.
“It is 80 years old and had a tough life in Ireland for its first 50 years.
“It was a wreck when it arrived in Melbourne in the 1980s.
“Much work was put into the restoration in Brisbane and I have done all the mechanical stuff again and again.”
The Riley went well for 3000km but on their return journey the engine blew up in Wagga Wagga with a hole in the piston.
“The second engine rebuild, this time with standard compression, started in July.
“I had to get a replacement crankshaft as the first one was badly ground in Queanbeyan.
“The engine was finished in mid-August and has now done 800 miles of running in.”
The route planning is fixed but flexible.
“We want to circumnavigate NSW, so we try to find a way to drive the Tibooburra track. We will only know when we get to Broken Hill and speak to the locals.”
Noel said he and Rob were looking forward to meeting members of country car clubs.
Noel and Rob are experienced long distance adventurers.
Rob did the London to Sydney rally, three Targa Tasmania and crossed the Nullarbor five times, three before asphalt.
Rob is from Australian motoring royalty, his grandfather was a well-known 1920s motoring adventurer and record holder.
Noel has driven his 1913 Vauxhall across Europe, Russia, Japan, USA, UK, South Africa and 1988 Darwin to Adelaide. He drove his 1933 Rolls-Royce 5500km around Japan.