The New Car - Australia Welcomes The Model A Ford (Ian L. Irwin)

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Author: Ian L. Irwin, Softbound, 141 Pages, ISBN: 0959552510, First Edition,  August 1995 - Second-Hand book in excellent condition !


Ian L. Irwin O.A.M. B.A.

Ian Irwin's fascination with the motor car commenced at a very early age. In the early 1950's, while still in short pants, he attended veteran car events in Sydney, in his home state of New South Wales, before the Veteran Car Club was formed. His first car, in 1958, was a 1930 Model A Roadster, assuredly one of the first Model A's to be restored in Australia.

As a club member for some years, he was concerned that the Model A Fords could be swept up and lost into the conglomerate vintage movement, so in 1969, believing they deserved a club with its own Model A identity, he founded the Model A Restorers' Club (Australia) and in so doing unwittingly commenced what is now the largest nation-wide vintage marque movement in the country.

Ian has been President of both the Model A Restorers' Club (Australia) and the Veteran Car Club of Australia. He has served in other capacities in both of these clubs, and in the Rolls-Royce Owners Club of Australia (ACT). He directed the First Model A National Meet and two other major National Rallies, and the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Castrol World Rally. He was given the Inaugural Life Membership of the Model A Restorers Club in 1972, and on Australia Day in 1990, was decorated with the Order of Australia Medal the first and only Australian to be honoured for services to the enthusiast car movement.

Ian's interest in, and enthusiasm for veteran, vintage and historic cars is extensive, but for him the Model A Ford is certainly one of his favourites. His first book, The Model A Ford, The First Fifty Years, was written in 1978 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Model A Ford. He has developed an extensive personal library, and applied himself to the research of this new work over a number of years, focusing heavily upon rare and obscure contemporary sources. It is his hope that this book successfully documents the compelling story of the release and sale of The New Car in Australia, and serves to fill this gap in the global Model A Ford history.

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