Club still motoring 50 years on
By EMMA CORNFORD
THERE is more to vintage sporting cars than sleek lines, shiny bodies and fat engines.
There's also the loving care and hours of dedication often lavished on the cars by their owners, ensuring they stay in pristine condition.
South Grafton's Ken Norton is the proud owner of one of those cars ? a 1972 GRD Ford, one of only two in Australia.
He is also a member of the Grafton Sporting Car Association, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend with a spectacular parade of historic racing cars from Grafton to Mountainview on Sunday morning.
The club, which was the first motor sport club on the North Coast, will also hold an anniversary dinner on Saturday night with more than 160 current and former members expected to attend.
A member of the club since 1967, Mr Norton said he was looking forward to the weekend's celebrations.
"I think it will be brilliant. It's a really unique thing that's never happened in Grafton before," he said.
"And meeting up with everyone will be great (because) the friendships I've made over the years by being a member of the club have been fantastic. The people I've met have been phenomenal."
Cars will come from as far as Brisbane and Sydney for the parade and demonstration hillclimb.
Around 40 cars, from open wheelers to sports cars and sports sedans, will leave the Grafton Showground at 9am and make their way down Prince, Dobie and Turf streets to the hillclimb course on the Summerland Way at Mountainview.
There will also be a display celebrating the club's history including photographs, video, newspaper clippings and memorabilia, at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.