Veteran car gaslight parade and street carnival | Photos, video

What a beautiful night!

The Veteran Car Club of Australia has been promising for months that we wouldn’t want to miss their gaslight rally and they were right.

More than 100 vehicles, all at least 100 years old, lit their lamps for a couple of laps of Forbes’ town centre on Wednesday night.

With balmy weather and entertainment by young locals, the scene was set for a spectacular evening.

When the lights in the flowering ornamental pears came on, the scene was stunning.

The gas light parade through Forbes CBD.

Drivers, many of whom donned costumes for the evening, were happy to beep their horns to the delight of the young crowd. 

After a few laps, they parked up and chatted to the many interested viewers about their vehicles, all immaculately restored. 

The car club holds its national rally in a different state each year, so Forbes was truly spoiled to host the spectacular.

The event has been in the planning for more than four years, and rally director John Burke has made numerous visits here in those years to make arrangements.

How do the lamps on these veteran cars work?

144 vehicles, more than 300 people, joined the rally.

They took day trips to Parkes, Grenfell and Canowindra, watched Kevin Howell work his kelpies at Eugowra and enjoyed a picnic morning tea at Jemalong Weir.

They’ve seen the sights of our district’s back roads, as they travel at much slower speeds than modern vehicles they have stayed off the highways.

And while more than one of the pre-1918 cars and motorbikes required mechanical assistance, the drivers in town on Wednesday evening were all in high spirits and enjoying their week enormously.