Museum throws open the doors – for free

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The Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum is turning 50 – and you get the presents.

The much-loved museum – which draws enthusiasts from around the world – welcomes all free of charge on February 25 and 26 for an anniversary celebration, although donations are still welcome.

Chairman Wayne O’Donnell, who will step down soon in favour of Colin Johnstone, said four original members – Gerald Pemberton, Jim Kerr, Warwick Wooding and John Roberts – would be there, three for a special dinner and one, Mr Kerr, visiting over the weekend.

Mr O’Donnell said the normal admission fee of $15 had been waived for the weekend, and members would gather for a “noggin and natter” on the Friday, and 60 to 70 would come for an anniversary dinner on the Saturday to reminisce.

He said 30 extra exhibits – the museum has more than 2000 – would also be on show outside the museum, with the shoulders of two nearby streets closed off to make room.

Members would provide free rides and some exhibits, especially small motors, would be running.

The museum has more than 400 tractors, machines and cars, some rare. It will open its gates from 10am to 4pm.

Mr O’Donnell said the museum encouraged members of car and vintage clubs to visit.

Photo: Secretary Max Millar, incoming president Colin Johnstone and outgoing president Wayne O’Donnell.