In March 2020, the Lincoln Auto Club recorded 316 memberships. With wives and partners, this number swells to 550 individual members, an increase of 35% in 3 years! The majority of the members reside in Port Lincoln and the Lower Eyre Peninsula region. Others come from Central Eyre Peninsula, Adelaide and as far afield as Renmark.
A varied event program each year draws an average attendance of 50 to 60 members in 20 to 30 vehicles.
The Lincoln Auto Club Inc. is garaged in the City of Port Lincoln on the southern tip of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. With a population of 14,500, Port Lincoln nestles on the shores of Boston Bay. The City is a well serviced and resourced regional centre as well as a popular destination for visitors.
The membership of Lincoln Auto Club Inc. extends well beyond the City limits taking in the rural area of Lower Eyre Peninsula and beyond.
For more info about Port Lincoln: Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.
The Lincoln Auto Club Inc was founded as the “Lincoln & District Vehicle Enthusiasts Club” in 1987 following of the disbanding of the “Lincoln & District Vintage Car Club”. The financial assets of the “Vintage Club “, totalling around $1000, were donated and used to establish the new Club. The “Motor Mouth” commenced shortly afterwards and became the official magazine and communication medium of the Club members. In 2016 the Lincoln Auto Club’s web site was established in a shift towards electronic communication with members and the wider community.
In 1998 the Club changed its name to Lincoln Auto Club Inc.
The object of the new Club was to foster an interest in vehicles of all types, and this aim has been successful when looking at current events and activities of the Lincoln Auto Club. The Club boasts a huge variety of makes and models of cars, motorbikes, trucks and even stationary engines. Their condition ranges from excellent original vehicles, through to faithfully restored show cars and daily drivers, through to prize winning concourse examples of their marque.
The original Club had a foundation membership of 31 in 1987. Currently membership stands at just under 200. Given that many of these membership categories include partners and families, the number of individuals is significant. The Lincoln Auto Club is family oriented with a broad age group involved. Numbers increased significantly with the introduction of the South Australian Government’s Conditional Registration Scheme for historic, prescribed left-hand drive vehicles and street rod vehicles effective from July 2012. The Club is affiliated with the Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs of South Australia.
The functioning of the Club relies constantly on an enthusiastic Committee of willing volunteers. Many hours are spent by these volunteers implementing the State Government’s legal requirements associated with the Concessional Registration Scheme. This entails mandatory inspections and the associated documentation and records required to ensure the members and their vehicles maintain their eligibility to be included in the Scheme.
Since inception, the Lincoln Auto Club has awarded Life Memberships to Ross & Betty Gogler, Alan & Joy Hutchinson, Steve & Jenny Kranz, Ken & Margaret Lindsay, Jim & Coral Wright, Neil & Jean Kerley, Glenn & Pauline Karutz, Ian & Margaret Phillips, Geoff & Helen Phillips, Michael Chambers John & Marlene Dinham, and Merv & Alma Howell
The Lincoln Auto Club extends a warm welcome to all vehicle enthusiasts, members, prospective new members or visitors, who are willing to share the aims of the Club and ensure the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of classic motoring.
The Lincoln Auto Club is a multi marque Club. There are approximately 452 vehicles within the Club belonging to the 316 memberships. Making up this number of vehicles are 404 cars, 36 motorcycles and 9 trucks and 3 tractors There are 452 current Log Books registered to owners who are eligible for the South Australian Government’s Club Registration Scheme for Historic Vehicles, Left Hand Drive Vehicles and Street Rods.
The majority of the vehicles in the Lincoln Auto Club are from the extinct breed of Australian car manufactures, Holden, Ford and Chrysler. British marques are well represented as are the European and USA manufacturers. Due to the Prescribed Left Hand Drive Vehicles Conditional Registration Scheme, many of the American Vehicles within the Club remain as imported with left hand drive, and have not been converted.
Member’s vehicles spread from Concourse Award winning, impeccably restored examples, to classic originality and reliable daily drivers, and range through sedans, wagons, coupes, convertibles, heavy vehicles and motorcycles.
A Conditional Registration Scheme catering for the preservation and maintenance of historic and prescribed left hand drive vehicles has been operating in South Australia since 1992. Recently street rods that are aligned with the principles of historic integrity have been included in the scheme.
On July 1st 2017, the Conditional Registration Scheme was updated and renamed the Club Registration Scheme.
A motor vehicle is a historic vehicle, if 30 years or more have elapsed since 1st January of the year in which the vehicle was manufactured. The majority of vehicles in the Lincoln Auto Club fall into this category. There are stringent conditions applied to maintaining eligibility of vehicles and owners claiming the benefits offered by Conditional Registration. The Lincoln Auto Club is charged with the responsibility of managing the scheme at the Club level and reports to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). The individual members also have the responsibility of ensuring their vehicles comply with the guidelines of the Scheme.
To view and download a copy of the DPTI’s current Club Registration Scheme, effective from 1st July 2017, CLICK HERE
The various makes and models owned by Lincoln Auto Club members, represent the automotive manufacturing history of the World’s regions as follows: