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Bruce gears up for rally in style

Tuesday, 17th March, 2020

Broken Hill Veteran and Vintage Car Club founder Bruce Lord with his prized 1940 Chrysler Plymouth. PICTURE: Myles Burt Broken Hill Veteran and Vintage Car Club founder Bruce Lord with his prized 1940 Chrysler Plymouth. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Bruce Lord has taken his 1940 Chrysler Plymouth on a spin around town in the lead-up to the 50th Anniversary Bushman’s Rally. 

Mr Lord founded the Broken Hill Veteran and Vintage Car Club, alongside Hank Hughes, in June 1971. 

He has seen an array of cars and helped out with the club’s largest rally in 1998 when Zinc Lakes hosted 273 cars from around the country and a dinner was held at the Civic Centre. 

Mr Lord is now eager to showcase his rare 1940 Chrysler Plymouth, a classic car manufactured in Adelaide. Only seven of them were made in a cream colour. 

Production of the Plymouth stopped in 1940 when factories were converted to make ammunition for World War II. 

Mr Lord said the Plymouth became his family’s car because it didn’t sell from his father’s showroom because no-one liked the colour.

They sold it in 1954 and it changed hands a few times until Mr Lord found it being used as a cubby house decades later. 

After a long restoration, he brought the Plymouth back to life and has displayed it regularly at local car rallies.

Now he has entered it in the 50th Anniversary Bushman’s Rally this Easter long weekend which will feature at least 80 other cars. 

Mr Lord said it was fantastic to see so many entrants coming to Broken Hill from interstate, with one even making the trip from Esperance on the south-west coast of Western Australia. 

“It’s good considering people are very choosy these days, with the cost of accommodation and petrol, to travel a long way to come to Broken Hill,” he said.

“People are just not doing it, the money is not about.

“It’s quite good to get that volume of people to come here.”

Mr Lord said he’s very proud to see the Broken Hill Veteran and Vintage Car Club still going strong and keeping up the car rallies for local car enthusiasts.

“It’s very good, a lot of car clubs don’t last that long.

“The Broken Hill one’s had good management, so it’s kept going.”

Mr Lord hopes so see more cars entering the 50th Anniversary Bushman’s Rally which accepts veteran, vintage and classic motor cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

 

WHAT: 50th Anniversary Bushman’s Rally.

WHEN: 9am start, 10th to 13th of April.

WHERE: Starting point is at the Westside Plaza Carpark near McDonalds.

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