Topic: Long ago but not too far away

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ENTER the Yesteryear Barn and you enter another world, a world with a vast collection of old fashioned kitchenware, stock cars dating back to the 1950s, farm machinery and midget race cars, old toys and much, much more. Hauraki Herald reporter Jill Cleave's story appeared in the paper on 2 August 2011.

Laurie and Linda Brunt took on the old Stembridge Transport garage site 12 years ago and together started collecting all the old and vintage memorabilia they had been storing in friends’ sheds and under houses while they travelled and lived in a house bus.

When asked why he got started on a collection, Mr Brunt said it was because he never had toys as a child. ‘‘The collecting has been a life-long hobby and once we had a place to stop still we got it all sorted out,’’ the 70-year-old said. Mrs Brunt said there was never an end to it. ‘‘We still enjoy going to clearing sales and poking around at swap meets and things,’’ she said.

Mr Brunt was a mechanic and took up stock car racing in 1958, before later moving into midget stock cars. ‘‘I have raced on every dirt track in Auckland and not many people can say that,’’ he said. The couple still take the cars out to vintage classic days and Mr Brunt is still racing but most of the summer is taken up following his grandson Michael around the circuit now.

If you’re passing the Yesteryear Barn, take a break on your journey, you will enjoy a visit to a world of interesting and mostly working ‘‘old stuff’’.

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Long ago but not too far away

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