A convoy of 120 old-world cars made its way through Wagga at the weekend, for the annual Veteran and Vintage Motor Club June rally.
Despite the rain 90 of them had journeyed from Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, or Canberra to be there for the two days.
“A lot of us have got up early on [Sunday] morning to wash them again after all that rain,” Janelle Clout said.
“Half the fun is driving long distances to show off the cars, so each year we tend to get a lot of out-of-towners,” she said.
“You end up seeing a lot more as you drive along, nice solid cars of the past.”
Mrs Clout and her husband Wayne have been members of the motor club since 1986.
Together, they own a 1927 Chevrolet truck and a 1929 Buick. Their son too has converted to the motor-enthusiast life by joining the club.
This is the 51st time the cars have made the procession across the Riverina, and Mrs Clout says it is always a thrill to bring the vintage vehicles through the smaller towns.
“When they see you driving along, a lot of people wave to you, and the older generation they’ll come up to you and say, ‘oh my dad used to drive one of these’. They’re just over the moon to see you.
“We definitely try to get out to the smaller towns just to give them a boost because it can be really hard out there and you don’t get to see much coming through.”
Being able to stop and chat to the locals is Mrs Clout’s favourite part of the annual pilgrimage.
“They start to look at the cars, and suddenly they remember they’ve got one just like it in their paddock, or they’ve got parts that would fit it in their shed. You really never know what people have hiding in their sheds.”