Apr 2, 2012

antique, classic, vintage or just plain old?

Am sure no one can resist checking out the 'old cars' at any festival or show ..... and checking them over at the Ballan Autumn Festival was of course - no different!

To be honest, a vintage car is commonly defined as a car built between the start of 1919 and the end of 1930 known as the "Vintage era". There is little debate about the start date of the vintage period—the end of World War I is a nicely defined marker there—but the end date is a matter of a little more debate. The British definition is strict about 1930 being the cut-off, and is widely accepted while some American sources prefer 1925 since it is the pre-classic car period as defined by the Classic Car Club of America.

Others see the classic period as overlapping the vintage period, especially since the vintage designation covers all vehicles produced in the period while the official classic definition does not, only including high-end vehicles of the period. Some consider the start of World War II to be the end date of the vintage period.

A true "classic car" is an older car; the exact meaning is variable. The Classic Car Club of America maintains that a car must be between 20 and 40 years old to be a classic.

To the layman, a "Vintage Vehicle" is just a very old style vehicle regardless of its year of make. To the connoisseur of these fine vehicles it would be sacrilege to call all the vehicles at the Ballan Festival, "Vintage"! 

Many of the vehicles we saw were quite 'young' and so the term 'vintage' would certainly not apply. But no matter their age or condition, everyone enjoyed these vehicles that were on display and some of them even took part in The Parade.  The owners take good care of their vehicles and deserve recognition for the care and attention in takes to keep them in tip top condition.

The following images were taken at The Ballan Autumn Festival on March 25 2012:

Previous blog posts on the Ballan Autumn Festival - 2012:

The Ballan Autumn Festival.
the final blog post on The Ballan Autumn Festival will be uploaded within the next day or so and will be of THE PARADE.


  1. Great blog post. I love looking a antique cars.

  2. These are really good looking cars. I love vintage cars the most. Since seeing them nowadays are quite impossible, their appearance really make a lot of impression these modern days.

  3. Old, classic, and vintage – all mean the same thing when it comes to cars, right? Beauty is a matter of appreciation and people have different opinions about it. Anyway, was this your first time to be in a vintage car festival?

  4. Thanks for the comment Erwin, no, not my first 'vintage car festival', but certainly my first here in Ballan!