Oldsmobile a feature at toy run

By Zoe McMaugh

Steve Smoothy’s 1940 Oldsmobile is a sight to behold.

Larger than many of today’s cars, it imposes an impressive shadow on anything parked next to it.

The rare car also turns quite a few heads, with the make more well known in America than it is in Australia.

Mr Smoothy has had the classic car for a year, and is inviting members of the public to come and take a closer look.

The Oldsmobile will form part of the Marc Kingston Memorial Toy Run display in the Deniliquin CBD this Saturday.

The Ulysses Motorcycle Club and the Deniliquin Antique Vehicle Club, of which Mr Smoothy is a member, have joined forces this year to deliver Christmas toys and goodies to disadvantaged district families.

Anything donated for the Marc Kingston Memorial Toy Run will be distributed by the Deniliquin Salvation Army.

Also on display will be a range of rare, vintage and classic motorbikes, as well as a few other cars.

And Ulysses member Peter Nankivell said any car, motorbike or even scooter enthusiasts can bring their machines down for the display.

‘‘We’ve put out an open invite, because the more bikes and cars we have in the display, the more likely people may stop and then help the toy run,’’ he said.

Mr Nankivell said the group is calling on community members to donate new or as new items for the annual toy run.

He said people can also support local businesses by buying them from nearby shops on the day.

A $300 donation from the Deniliquin Creative Writers Group will be used to boost the donation this year.

Writers president Carole Stevenson presented the donation last week, which represents a portion of sales from the group’s latest book, ‘From The Dusty Plains’.

The toy run is named in honour of Marc Kingston, who coordinated the event as a member of the Deniliquin Motorcycle Riders Association from 1984 until his passing in 1994.

The Ulysses Club took over the charity event from the Deniliquin Motorcycle Riders Association in 2004.