Rolls-Royce star at Noosa car show
THE Rolls-Royce has an attraction to the Sargent family.
Barry and his wife Rowena Sargent drove the 1926, 20 horse power Rolls-Royce all the way from the New South Wales Central Coast to Noosa Heads to be part of yesterday's 25th anniversary Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.
They have made the annual trek to the Sunshine Coast for years but never in the Rolls-Royce and never at no more than 70kmh up the national highways, which was about as fast as the classic car would allow.
"When you're on a dual lane highway it can be quite relaxing," Mr Sargent said. "But between Port Macquarie and Ballina it gets down to single lane and you feel very aware of holding traffic up."
But the Sargents, members of the Central Coast British Car Club, said the three-day trip was worth it.
"We come up every year and it's always a fabulous day and always well organised," he said.
This Rolls-Royce has had a long history with his family.
Mr Sargent's uncle picked it up in 1964, restoring the car and using it when he was president of the Rolls-Royce club in Melbourne.
He unfortunately lost the car in 2000 when it was repossessed.
It was then bought at auction by a new owner who refurbished and recoloured the car while rebuilding the engine.
By chance, Mr Sargent was able to buy it back for his family when the owner put it up for sale in 2005.
This year's Noosa Beach Classic Car Show named the Rolls-Royce and Bentley as the "Marque of this Year" for the car show's milestone event.
The show was highlighted by the 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V which was used to drive Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Sydney in 1973.
The car is one of just 516 Rolls-Royce Phantom Vs, built between 1959 and 1968.
It was first owned by the Federal Government and used for escorting visiting royalty, including her Royal Highness, as well as heads of state and the governor-general of the day.
The car now belongs to the Sir Henry Royce Foundation in Melbourne, which agreed to allow the car to be brought up to Noosa for the 25th anniversary event to encourage Rolls-Royce owners to share their special pieces of history.