Henry and Oscar Brauer get to ride up from in one of the Model T's on display on Saturday.
Henry and Oscar Brauer get to ride up from in one of the Model T's on display on Saturday. Richard Coombs

Model Ts remind us of times past

VINTAGE car-lovers in Dalby were in seventh heaven on Saturday, as the Model T Owners Club of Queensland rolled through town.

Nineteen mint condition Model Ts were on show at the Pioneer Museum.

This event is one of only four rallies the club holds each year.

Founding member and current president Gavin Pocock resides in Redcliffe, but is connected to the Western Downs through his 1915 Model T, which his father bought in Tara in 1969.

Mr Pocock said it's the nostalgia and the challenge that keeps him interested.

"About 10 years ago there wasn't a Model T owners club in Queensland," he said.

"So a group of six of us got together in 2004 and started this group.

"People were putting these beautiful cars away and driving more modern vehicles, and we couldn't have that."

All six founding members are still involved with the club, which has expanded to more than 60 members.

Member Doug Partington said the group loved going to country towns for rallies.

"Anywhere away from the hustle and bustle works for us," Mr Partington said.

"In places like Dalby you can let a few kids get in and have a seat but if you did that in a bigger place you'd have a line a mile long."

Mr Partington said for him, it was the story of the car that was more intriguing than anything else.

"The way this car changed the world when it was produced is very important," he said.

"It created jobs and improved road infrastructure, which had a lot of other roll-on effects as well."

Mr Partington has owned his 1912 Model T for 56 years and still finds the time to look after his pride and joy.

"In total I probably spend about a day a week on it," he said.

The club held rallies in Mullumbimby and Gatton before coming to Dalby, with their fourth and final rally scheduled to be held in Tewantin. The group went on a club run on Saturday, from Dalby up to Bell and Jimbour before heading to the Jandowae markets on Sunday morning.


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