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Vintage cars cruise on through

Monday, 17th May, 2010

Peter Bugeja holds the keys to his Zodiac Peter Bugeja holds the keys to his Zodiac

Three couples from NSW and Queensland have made the drive to Broken Hill for a meet and greet with fellow car enthusiasts.

Michael Bruggy, a member of the BH Car Club, invited the six to come to town with their vintage cars earlier this year. Bruggy said.“I started talking to Eddie and through typical Broken Hill fashion and word of mouth, I got the group down here,” Mr Bruggy said.

The enthsiasts brought along a Ford Zodiac Mark III, a Zephyr Mark II and a Zephyr Mark III, all in perfect condition. During their five-day trip, the party will visit Silverton, The Big Picture, and the Sculptures with the aim of bringing more car enthusiasts to town. They also had different reasons as to why they liked the Zephyr car that Ford stopped manufacturing in 1972. 

“The cars were affordable and different to what everyone else was driving,” said Runaway Bay resident Eddie Frick. Peter Bugeja of Hazelbrook said that his father had a keen interest in the make that’s how he picked up the fascination. Mr Bruggy said that the English-made Zephyr was still very popular today, and can be seen frequently on TV programs such as Heartbeat. For quality car enthusiasts, the BH Veteran and Vintage Car Club holds a meeting on the first Wednesday of every month, and it has over 100 members.

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