A real passion for toys and cars

Some call their cars toys, and that’s exactly what the Historic Motor Vehicles Club is presenting in two big events in Victor Harbor in coming weeks.

There is the Toys, Models & Collectables Market – a huge boost from the original Toy Fair – at the HMVC clubrooms in Jolly St on Saturday, January 13, and the annual Victor Harbor Autojumble Swap Meet at Encounter Bay Oval on Sunday, February 4.

The interest in toys has grown so much that organisers felt a need to expand the show to include a market. For the owners, a lot of it is about re-living their childhood days and maintaining the fascination of toys.

Brett Schild, of Victor Harbor, has an early 1950s pedal car. Wayne Lamont boasts of a rare Orange County Chopper fire bike miniature that has lights and moving parts that was a tribute model for the New York 9/11 victims, while Dean Solly has a vintage Barbie Ferrari and an old Hills Kangaroo rocker.

And when it comes to the autojumble, it’s almost like the front doors of Myers in the city for the post Boxing Day sales. Sellers and buyers line-up from 7am at the Encounter Bay Oval, and just about every car or motorbike part that you can think of is bought or sold. It’s an experience even if you aren’t into parts swapping.

It costs just $2.50 for adults to the toy market, and $5 for sellers and buyers at the autojumble, but nothing for the hour-long conversation if you ask all these passionate men and women about their cars or toys.