PRIDE OF PLACE: Joyce Ridgway with the Good Car now on display at the Cultural Centre ahead of the Vauxhall Rally this week.
PRIDE OF PLACE: Joyce Ridgway with the Good Car now on display at the Cultural Centre ahead of the Vauxhall Rally this week. Derek Barry

‘Good Car’ on display at Vauxhall rally in Gatton

If you are around Gatton Cultural Centre on Sunday, then you see the 'Good Car' among a host of other Vauxhall classics.

THE 'Good Car' is a Ridgway family heirloom of 50 years standing. Cliff Ridgway, now deceased, was 22 years old when he bought a 1954 Vauxhall E Model sedan in on August 1, 1962.

Cliff spent £475 on the car which had 15,089 miles on the clock.

Cliff's wife Joy remembers the car as her husband's pride and joy.

"All our friends knew us in this vehicle and would wave or sing out as we went past," Joyce said.

"We towed a caravan behind the Vauxhall on our honeymoon to North Queensland."

When they bought a second workhorse Vauxhall, the 1954 E Model became known as the 'Good Car' which was used for short trips to Clifton when they purchased a farm at Nobby.

The Ridgways joined the Vauxhall Club in 1976 and Cliff paid registration to keep the original number plates.

The 'Good Car' is still in good nick and currently on display at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

It will be the Ridgways' pride of place in the Vauxhall National Rally in Gatton from January 4-11.

The highlight will be show day for the public at the parklands near the Cultural Centre on Sunday.



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