Forth Car Show and Swap Meet 2023

Yes, we went to another car show yesterday. This one was held at Forth which is a small town near Devonport. Naomi wanted to go because swap meets are often good places to find collectibles and things that are not car related are often cheap. Of course, we were looking forward to seeing some interesting old cars too.

Naomi did find a couple of interesting bits and pieces for a couple of dollars each. We had a nice chat with one of the stallholders who told us about his own collections. That’s always interesting and it’s nice to chat to people who don’t think you are crazy because you like collecting old stuff.

We met a couple of people Naomi knows from the Don River Railway as well, one was visiting the show like we were but the other was there with a car that he had built himself from an old blueprint of a racing car. It is a replica of a 1931 Humber.

As we have been to several car shows in the past year or so I’m starting to recognise cars that I’ve seen and photographed before. Therefore, I didn’t take as many pictures as usual but concentrated on cars that I liked or that were unusual in some way. We hope to go to another swap meet in a couple of weeks and there is a big car show in Devonport next month so we will have ample opportunity to get more pictures at those.

The car in the above photos is a Ford Falcon. I think it is an XP although I’m not totally certain. It is certainly from the mid 1960s. A friend of mine had an XP Falcon in this colour scheme back in the late 70s and I’ve never forgotten it.

1973 Holden Torana in factory colour “Strike Me Pink”

We chatted with the owner of this car; you can just see him in the background. Naomi joked that his car looked like a Barbie car. He told us that it was an original factory colour for this model. It is called “Strike Me Pink”. The car was built in 1973 at the Holden’s factory at Elizabeth. We lived in Elizabeth from 1966-71 and it seemed like half the adult population worked at Holden’s. It’s gone now, along with all the other car factories. We don’t make cars in Australia any more.

Of course, there were a lot of big American cars like this Ford Thunderbird which may have been customised. The numberplate suggests it belongs to a hot rod enthusiast.


I seem to have photographed a lot of Fords. Here are some more. The red one is a Ford Zephyr, don’t know what year. The dark blue one is a Ford Consul Capri, I had to look that up. I don’t know what model the old Ford Pickup Truck is or if it has been customised. I did like the Michelin Man though.

Naomi and I were really taken with this vintage caravan which had been painted to match the Chevrolet that was towing it. I think the owners did a great job. We loved the interior with its retro fridge and colourful decor.

We didn’t stay at the show all day. We were probably there about two and a half hours before going on to Devonport to look in the big antique emporium. It was an excellent show though and well worth the admission price of $10. We’ll definitely visit again. Forth looks like a nice little town that I’d like to explore a bit further too.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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