The classic car’s the star

AN 84-YEAR-OLD model stole the show in the centre of Hyde’s market place.

But this was nothing to do with a fashion show – the model in question was a 935 Austin Ruby car.
And its owner revealed the cost of getting it back on the road – about £100!

Brian Oldham, chairman of the Tame Valley Vintage Classic Car Club is the man who can proudly call the car his.

However, what did it take to get a piece of history – the oldest of any of the group’s – back on the road? Not as much work as you may think.

“A friend of mine found it in a barn in Wales,” Brian said. “He contacted me and asked if I would want it.

“He said, ‘It’s going to be expensive, about £2,000,’ but I said I’d go for it.

“It needed bringing into running order as it had been sat in a barn for five years but it runs perfectly well on petrol.

“However, it didn’t take much and it’s probably easier to get parts for this than it is for some new cars.

“So after getting some new wheels – including two that were given to me by a bloke I bumped into at a supermarket – it was good to go.

“In all, it’s probably cost me about £100 to get into running order and it’s worth about £6,000.”

Brian’s car appeared alongside several others including a 1956 Daimler Conquest Century, a 1961 Austin A40 and a 1964 Morris Minor Panda police car, which was very popular, at the classic car show on Saturday, June 15.

It was one of several ran by the Tame Valley Club in the year, including one at Gee Cross Fete on Sunday, June 23.

They also display at Ashton, Tatton Park, Port Sunlight on Wirral, Frodsham in Cheshire, Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield, Park Bridge and Uppermill in Saddleworth.

They meet on the first Friday of every month at Aldwinians rugby union club in Audenshaw.

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