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Vintage year for car enthusiast
Ron Lawson with his 1913 French vintage car. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Ron Lawson remembers clearly the first time he worked on a vintage car.

The year was 1974 and the car was a 1913 French Mors that was being restored by his girlfriend's father.

As it happened, Mr Lawson would go on to tie the knot with his girlfriend, to whom he is still happily married.

But it was not the need to endear himself to his future father-in-law that drove Mr Lawson that day.

It was, he insists, an instant fascination with and a love for the charm and the mystery of vintage cars.

"He (his father-in-law) had only just started on the Mors and the next weekend I'm over there helping him restore the front mudguards," Mr Lawson, of Mandurah, recalled.

"After that I was there every weekend helping him and I absolutely loved it."

Yesterday, along with up to 100 like-minded people, Mr Lawson celebrated this affinity as part of a vintage car show at Hyde Park in North Perth.

Mr Lawson said clubs such as his - the Veteran Car Club of WA - were struggling to attract members because people were unaware their car only needed to be 25 years old to qualify them for membership.

The West Australian

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