Murray’s 1920 Dodge helps power family appeal at historic vehicle display in Warrnambool 

A CAUSE dear to his heart and the chance to show off a prized possession led Warrnambool’s Murray Murfett to Lake Pertobe yesterday.

Mr Murfett showed off his 1920 Dodge Brothers car as part of the Warrnambool and District Historical Vehicle Club annual show day.

His was one of 120 vehicles on show, attracting plenty of car lovers.

Entry was by gold coin donation, with proceeds split between Peter’s Project and the Bryn Murfett Appeal.

Murray Murfett is the father of Bryn, who was badly injured in a traffic accident in Thailand last year and is still on the road to recovery.

“It is nice the club has used the day to raise some money for Bryn, we are very grateful,” Mr Murfett said.

Mr Murfett was also happy to have the chance to bring his Dodge Brothers car out of the garage, something he does half a dozen times a year.

The car has an interesting history, as its first owner was Mortlake Shire president John Clifford, who used it to travel to his official duties.

The last trip Mr Clifford made in the car was to the 1936 Noorat show, with the public figure passing away after the show.

The car then sat in storage for 30 years before it was bought and restored by Allan Bates, of Terang.

Jack Murfett then purchased the car, who passed it on to his son Murray 30 years ago.

“It is still a good, reliable car and it is good to have it here today because this year marks 100 years of Dodge,” Mr Murfett said.

Not only was yesterday’s event a big success for the Warrnambool and District Historical Vehicle Club but it also marked a significant milestone.

Club president Doug Byron announced  yesterday the club had signed up its 400th member, the highest figure in its history.

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