Emergency vehicles highlight work of the brave at Historic Winton

GREAT VIEW: A featured heritage display will see ambulances, fire engines, police cars and even SES vehicles on show at Historic Winton. Picture: NEIL HAMMOND
GREAT VIEW: A featured heritage display will see ambulances, fire engines, police cars and even SES vehicles on show at Historic Winton. Picture: NEIL HAMMOND

Vintage emergency vehicles will be among many highlights on show at Historic Winton on May 26 and 27 at Winton Motor Raceway.

Old ambulances, fire engines and more are bound to draw fascinated crowds for their colourful histories and devotion to preserving life.

One fire engine to feature will be an antique 1917 American LaFrance that was built in New York and used until 1955.

Owner Alan Maden said that he has great fun whenever he takes it for a drive as it turns heads everywhere.

He’s even taken it on a rally to Darwin.

“You quickly learn to vanish if you need a restroom or a coffee, otherwise you’ll be answering 20 questions right away,” said Madden.

Ambulance aficionado Ian McCorkelle will showcase his 92-year-old ambulance.

The last survivor of its fleet, the 1926 Dodge was stripped of its interior in the 1950s, so McCorkelle recreated it from a photograph, which he displays along with the ambulance.

The Ambulance Historical Society will display some of their best vehicles too, providing spectators with a look into past medical emergency practices.

The Historic Winton weekend commences on Friday, May 25, with the Benalla and District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour and continues with two days of heritage racing on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.

Border Mail readers have a chance to win one of five Historic Winton double passes.

Email your entry, along with contact details, to sport@bordermail.com.au.

The winners will be drawn on Friday, May 18.