OLD SCHOOL: Lovers of vintage automobiles swooned over this Talbot, parked behind the Monto Historical Centre.
OLD SCHOOL: Lovers of vintage automobiles swooned over this Talbot, parked behind the Monto Historical Centre. Mackenzie Colahan

Vintage automobiles prove class is permanent

MOTORING enthusiasts got a blast from the past this week when the Queensland chapter of the Veteran Car Club took a pit-stop in Monto.

Members of the club stayed in town overnight before heading off to Cania Gorge National Park on Tuesday as part of their Northern Touring Rally.

The drive through the North Burnett began in Mt Perry last week and will conclude at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival on Friday.

Each of the vintage vehicles was more than a century old, demonstrating the once-impressive quality of manufacturing and craftsmanship that went in to producing cars of that era.

On display were an American-made Brush - the first make of vehicle in history to drive across the Australian continent from east to west - and Pope-Waverley, British-made Humber and Talbot, and French-manufactured Renault and Darracq.

The only manufacturer that is still operating under the same name today is Renault.

Humber went on to form Chrysler, and many will recognise Talbot's successor: French company Peugeot.


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