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MILANG POWER RALLY
By Tom Staggard
are expected to gather in
Strathalbyn this weekend to
view more than 300 classic
car displays and enjoy a day of
The Cars of Australia event will
take place at the Strathalbyn Oval
on Sunday, January 29, with both
enthusiasts and rookies invited to
come and learn a little bit more
about the history of the motoring
industry in Australia.
The event is hosted by the
Strathalbyn Auto Collectors Club
and while the main focus is on
Australian made vehicles, other
makes and models are eligible to
enter and be placed on display.
refreshment stalls, community
group displays and a bouncy castle
for the kids, while the main hall
will feature a number of model
vehicles for sale.
As part of this year’s event the
club will host a legends walk for
children to give youngsters an idea
of the historical significance behind
the legendary cars on display.
Club president Lyssa Liebelt said
the walk would allow kids to better
understand why the cars were so
“It’s at aimed at the kids,” she
“We’re looking to tell them some
of the stories behind these vehicles
to help them understand the
significance of the vehicle.”
No pre-entry is required, with
classic car owners able to enter
their car on the day of the event.
Gates open to classic car entries
from 8am with the general public
allowed in from 10am.
Over 300 exhibits set for
Cars of Australia event
By Melissa Keogh
It took a bit of elbow grease
and a scrub up on history for
a group of blokes from Milang
to turn a rickety 120-year-
old buggy into a shiny piece
of memorabilia appreciated
by thousands of people last
The Lakeside Men’s Shed
displayed the Century-old horse
buggy at the 21st annual Milang
Yesterday’s Power Rally which
drew much curiosity from the
young and old.
The rickety old carriage was
pulled from a shed at the Milang
Historical Society Museum covered
in dust and cobwebs, before being
restored in time for the popular
The buggy which has been in
storage since the late 1990s,
took five months to be rebuilt
by a group of Men’s Shed
“roustabouts” including Milang
man Chris Reed.
“It was locked away and tucked
up in the shed covered in dust and
dirt,” Mr Reed said.
“She looked a bit sad for herself,
but it came along reasonably well
in the end.”
The 1890s horse-drawn buggy
was used to navigate dirt roads
only by those who could afford
what was then a luxury mode of
Jim McKinnell used his talents
to rebuild and repair the wooden
wheels, while other members
put in many hours to restore the
timber carriage and bring the
historic buggy back to its former
The ancient buggy was one of
hundreds of vintage artefacts and
machinery showcased at the rally
which was held at the Milang oval
last Saturday and Sunday.
demonstration attracted much
attention, particularly the 2.6m
long chainsaw which needed two
men to operate.
Pre-1973 tractors roared to life in
the popular tractor pull contest.
Trucks, engines and motorbikes
created clouds of smoke as
might of yesteryear’s greatest
Milang Vintage Machinery Club
president Roger Miller said the
120-year-old buggy and chainsaw
displays were among the most
He said the two-day event
attracted 4000 visitors.
“We reckon the Saturday was
the best day we’ve ever had,” he
Mr Miller said old trucks,
tractors, bikes, cars, engines and
machinery never went out of style.
“They remind people of the sorts
of things they drove when they
were younger,” he said.
Cutting edge of a powerful past
Chris Reed, of
horse buggy which
was restored to its
former glory after
gathering dust for
The buggy drew
plenty of attention
at the 21st annual
Rally in Milang
over the weekend.
Richard Fidock of Bradbury operates the mean-looking Titan Blue Streak,
2.6m long chainsaw. He had about 30 motorised chainsaws of all shapes
and sizes on display.
log with the
spent 300 hours
of a 120H
From page 5
In 2014 a small fleet of electric vehicles were
made available on the island for hire and
charge stations installed at various locations.
“We saw the electric cars as a point of
difference on KI,” Mr Cooke said.
“There’s a group of people who own electric
vehicles who are actively looking for places
they can go.”
Electric vehicles are cheaper to run than
conventional cars and the Australian Electric
Vehicle Association says the power to run an
electric car is 1/3 cheaper per kilometre than
a petrol car.
Despite the RDA and local government’s
enthusiasm for electric cars, car buyers are
taking a while to catch on.
There are only 1000 pure electric vehicles
registered on SA roads and, according to the
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries,
only 219 electric cars were sold in 2016 out of
almost 1.2 million new vehicles which left car
yards across Australia.
Mr Cooke said the biggest problem with
electric vehicles was “range anxiety”.
“We travel so much further between points,
but the technology is now at the stage where
a Tesla (premium American electric vehicle)
will get you over 400km,” he said.
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