Woolmers Estate celebrates 200th anniversary with car and bike show

CONVICTS TO CLASSICS: Vintage vehicles, like this Wolseley, will be on display at the celebratory event on Sunday. Picture: Supplied
CONVICTS TO CLASSICS: Vintage vehicles, like this Wolseley, will be on display at the celebratory event on Sunday. Picture: Supplied

Woolmers Estate hopes any bad weather will puts its brakes on during its 200th anniversary on Sunday.

The Convicts to Classic Car and Bike Show will celebrate the heritage building, while showcasing more than 200 Tasmanian heritage vehicles and local products, 

Shannons Tasmania business development manager Rodney Belbin said Woolmers Estate was a “time capsule”, which meshed well with the heritage vehicle show.

CLASSIC: The Archer family's 1917 Wolseley will be on display at the celebratory event. Picture: Supplied.

CLASSIC: The Archer family's 1917 Wolseley will be on display at the celebratory event. Picture: Supplied.

“There’s a strong history of motoring in Tasmania,” Mr Belbin said.

“Many larger farm owners were importing cars from across the world.”

About nine months ago, Mr Belbin approached the Woolmers Estate manager to see if there would be a way to host a motor show at the Longford estate tied in with a special occasion.

When he discovered the building would celebrate 200 years in September, he couldn’t believe the timing.

Woolmers Estate has a selection of heritage vehicles on display already, he said.

The event would have a undercover vintage motorcycle display, live music and a selection of northern Tasmanian food and wine on offer, he said.

Horse-drawn carriages would also make an appearance at the show.

The Convicts to Classics Car and Bike Show will start from 10am on Woolmers Estate in Longford on Sunday. Entry costs $5 per person and under 16s can enter for free.