COLLECTORS travelled from far and wide on Saturday to attend South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor and renowned gatherer Bob Newton’s clearing sale.
Hundreds of cars, utes and trucks filled the paddocks of Cr Newton’s property with crowds turning up early for the 10am auction.
Alex Scott & Staff auctioneer Dane Perczyk got proceedings underway in a prompt fashion, with thousands of items to get through.
Among the successful bidders was Caroline Sinclair who had travelled from the Yarra Valley for the event.
She snapped up a bargain paying $300 for a 1960s J3 Bedford ute. Ms Sinclair said the purchase was in memory of her late brother.
“My brother died many years ago,” she said.
“He was a ‘trucky’ and I always wanted to get one of these and do it up in his honour.”
While Cr Newton said the engine to the truck was still in working order, Ms Sinclair has other plans for the vehicle.
“My son is a mechanic and I am sure he will want to try and do it up,” she said.
“But we have seven-and-a-half acres and I’d really like to put it on the front lawn with a heap of plants in the back.”
Along with the Bedford, there were plenty of other sales made on the day and Cr Newton said he was thrilled with the results.
“It was really excellent,” he said.
“It was very successful – some things were up, some were down but you have to take the good with the bad.”
Among the larger sales was a Furphy tank, which was bought with a winning bid of $3100.
Cr Newton estimated between 500 to 600 people attended the sale in what he describes as one of the bigger sales he has ever been to.
Bob’s collection attracts a crowd