will be posting pictures taken from the various
car shows we are able to attend each year, but
naturally we cannot get to them all. If you have
images from a show and would like them published
on this site, please contact
us. And of course you can make sure you never
miss an event, our Classic
Car Event Calendar now featuring the ability
to not only notify your friends of an upcoming
event, but also sending you a friendly reminder
right to your own inbox.
Holdens, Fords, Fiat and Alfa's - just a few of the marques that took our fancy at the 2015 Sydney Car Carnivale. The turnout was brilliant, and the vehicles on display mouth-wateringly well preserved. We loved them, and are sure you will too!
The 21st Annual Picnic At Hanging Rock was a great success, judging by the number of vehicles on display and the huge crowd that attended the event. The mind starts spinning with over 2000 cars on display, with nearly every imaginable marque being represented.
Of course the lone De Lorean was a popular attraction, as were the John Goss Specials and rally prepared Cortina's. Once again we are guilty of doing a little too much talking and not enough picture taking. What we have represents only a tiny portion of what was on display.
One of the premier Classic Car Shows each year is the RACV Great Australian Rally, and this years event was a stand-out. We were pleased with the number of vehicles on display, many car clubs having a solid representation. We were particularly impressed with the Bristol's on display, as well as the immaculate Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Nash Metropolitan and several Mini's. We really appreciate the information passed on by many of the owners, but all that talking meant we only managed 60 odd photo's. We will try and get there earlier next year - if you are considering attending next years event we suggest you do too.
The 2007 Hunter Valley Torana Club "Toranafest" was a huge success, with 155 old Torana's taking part in the event. Harry Firth was in attendance, and had many a good yarn to tell as well as sign hundreds of autographs. The club managed to secure the services of a golf cart for the day, which they decorated in HDT livery and fastened Harry's name in the appropriate place.
That "The Fox" want's to attend next years event says it all - make sure you enter it on your calendar - or better still use the Unique Cars and Parts event calendar to send you a reminder - you will be glad you did!
Another incredible Ford display, this time hosted by the Ford Coupe Club of Australia. On display were hardtops from the XP era right through to the XC Cobra, and even some Lincoln Continentals. As you would expect, there was plenty of interest in the now highly prized and extremely valuable Ford coupes, with the Bathurst replica Ford Cobra's being a highlight.
Little wonder then that we were thrilled to see 3 pristine examples on display, harking back to a time when Ford enjoyed arguably their best ever racing year. Allan Moffat re-established his dominance in
1977, winning his second consecutive ATCC title that year (the third of his career) and of course there was the crushing 1-2 victory of both Moffat and team-mate Colin Bond at Bathurst. (To re-live that victory, also see: Bathurst Memorable Moments)
One of the premier Chrysler events held in Australia each year is unquestionably "Chryslers By The Bay". Set amid the tranquil surrounds of the Corio beach promenade and with the magnificent Geelong Grammar buildings providing a "Regal" backdrop, this years event was a feast for any Chrysler aficionado.
As always, our thanks to the many owners who not only took the time to make the day such a wonderful experience, but allowed us to get up close and personal with their wonderful and highly prized Chryslers. As would be expected there were plenty of Valiants, our pick a beautifully presented turquoise V8 Signet convertible. The Dodge Challenger's could have stolen the show, had it not been for the 1960 Dodge Phoenix. Truth is, we liked them all.
The Clayton Campus was the venue
for this years Triumph
Car Club of Victoria Concours,
and an amazing array of fine British
machinery was on display. We noted
that many were taking part in the
coucours, the entrants cars all presented
in near perfect condition (dare we
say better than new). From the ever
popular Stag's, TR's through to the
Dolomite Sprints and trusty Herald's,
there was something for everyone.
The blustery conditions didn't manage to curb the enthusiasm
of the faithful French car fraternity at the 2007 Shannon's French
Car Festival. A breathtaking assortment of the best of French
marques, past and present, with examples from Peugeot, Renault,
Citroën, Matra-Simca, Delage, Amilcar and La Buize. There was
even a Hurtu there, the first we have seen, not surprising
given their rarity. Hurtu started out manufacturing sewing machines,
then bicycles, and finally the serious production of chain driven
motor cars in 1895 using a design from Léon Bollee. We believe
the company folded in 1929, so not too many were made. And we
left the best till last - the sensational Renault Alpine's,
each presented in original race trim. Almost enough to make you
want to wear a beret!
The Lincoln-Mercury Car Clubs "Classic
American Car Show" was a
showcase of all that is best
from the design studio's of US
car manufacturers. Naturally
there were plenty of Lincoln's
and Mercury's on display, but
being the event was for anything
American and classic, all the
other great marques were also
well represented. The presentation
of all cars on display was incredibly
high, so much so that we pitied
the poor judges who must have
had a difficult time picking
a winner. Car after car was,
quite simply, faultless.
What a sensational turn-out
for the 30th Annual Charger Car
Club of Victoria's Show 'N Shine.
If the numbers of on-lookers
is anything to go by, the old
Val's and Chargers have well
and truly reached legend status
in the eyes of many classic car
As always, the owners
were more than happy to spend
time with visitors, letting them
get up close and personal with
their wonderful cars, and no
doubt explaing why some of the
6 cylinder iterations are more
highly prized than the V8's.
We would like to thank all that
we spoke to on the day.