Five star cars on show at York

Ross Ainsworth, owner of the Harvester, and event organisers Tricia and Gary Byfield.
Ross Ainsworth, owner of the Harvester, and event organisers Tricia and Gary Byfield.

Visitors to the York Motor Show earlier this month were educated on the importance of five star safety rated vehicles thanks to a Community Road Safety Grant from the state government.

Event organiser Gary Byfield said while most of the cars on display pre-dated the crash tests for occupant protection and crash avoidance, vintage car enthusiasts would never take risks with their pride and joy.

"There were around 250 vehicles on display, and 2000 plus people attended, despite the late rain," he said.

"The Bus Preservation Society gave visitors rides around town with a tour guide on board giving info about some of the interesting sights of York.

On display was the oldest car in the show, a 1910 International Harvester and probably the newest - a five star 2018 Skoda Octavia.

Mr Byfield said the Octavia had nine airbags and autonomous emergency braking - the harvester has no windscreen or doors and little more than a handbrake.

"Imported from Chicago, USA, the Harvester was the original all-terrain vehicle - there are three known to be in WA," he said.

"While the safety features on vehicles of yesteryear were virtually non-existent, these days, crash avoidance features help drivers to stay on the road with lane assist, at safe speeds and following distance with adaptive cruise control, and blind spot detection."