A lifetime passion for old cars and motorbikes has earned Donald Liddle a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Mr Liddle, of Constitution Hill, said he was surprised to receive the OAM.
‘‘It’s an honour, of course,’’ the 79-year-old said. ‘‘It’s certainly a nice thing to have.’’
Mr Liddle’s OAM is in recognition of his service to the preservation of Australian automotive history.
The former president, and now life member, of both the NSW division of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of Australia and the Veteran Car Club of Australia, has dedicated many years to the cause.
He said it started when he bought his first motorbike — a 1942 WLA Harley Davidson — back in 1953.
His passion for vintage cars started a little later, when his children were born.
‘‘Motorbikes are a bit of a selfish thing so when the children came along I switched to cars,’’ Mr Liddle said.
His current ride is a 1907 Reo which he, and wife Colleen, still drive to rallies and club meets.
For 40 years he has organised the Bathurst Easter Rally which attracts more than 250 vintage, veteran and classic machines and raises money for charity.