Dan Bowden with the Peter Brock A9X 1979 Torana.
Dan Bowden with the Peter Brock A9X 1979 Torana. Cade Mooney/cm194481

Peter Brock's 1979 HDT A9X Torana at Noosa car show

PEBBLE Beach in California may protest, but is there really anywhere else in the world as picturesque as Noosa to have a classic car show?

Noosa Beach Classic Car Club is hosting its 29th annual show tomorrow (October 1), giving long weekend holiday visitors an even more compelling reason to visit Noosa.

Some 300 rare, exotic and valuable cars are expected to take their place at waterfront Lions Park, just beside the shopping and dining strip of Hastings St.

Last year the show helped raise more than $10,000 for local charities, and this year there's plenty to draw car enthusiasts back to enjoy an exceptionally eclectic range of machinery on offer.

The show caters for all makes of car, but expect a special showing of Holdens as it's the celebrated marque of the year. In the year local Holden manufacturing ends it is timely to celebrate this iconic Australian brand, and guest of honour will be one of the most famous Holdens of all.

The local Bowden's Own will display Peter Brock's 1979 HDT A9X Torana, which dominated Bathurst that year.

The famous 05 racer scored pole position, led all 163 laps, set a new lap record and won by six full laps. Just to get close to this legendary machine is worth the entry fee alone.

Highlighting the long history of the Holden badge, expect to see some late-model examples alongside another special local guest, Madill Holden's rare 1952 Holden FJ; still completely original with the same paint as when it left the factory.

Expect to see race cars, American muscle, Aussie classics, hot rods, barn finds, European and Asian sports and tourers and 100-year-old vintage beauties, plus a few custom specials and classic motorcycles.

Numerous awards will be handed out at show's end, and judges are faced with the tough decision of deciding on a car of the show.

REVVED UP: Noel St John Wood from Noosa Beach Classic Car Club and Wayne Hoens, manager of Bendigo Bank Tewantin.
REVVED UP: Noel St John Wood from Noosa Beach Classic Car Club and Wayne Hoens, manager of Bendigo Bank Tewantin. Iain Curry

Previous winners include a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, 1977 Ford XC Falcon, 1964 Porsche 356 SC, 1960 Triumph TR3A and a near-priceless 1954 Ferrari Monza 750. The variety on display is always mind-blowing, and the value of the cars stretches into the tens of millions.

The Noosa Beach Classic Car Show has proved a huge success story over the years. The original event in 1988 attracted just 17 cars; the quality has always been there but the event now attracts a far greater number of special cars.

Local business support is always strong thanks to the continued generosity of the Noosa Car Club.

"We're proud to be a supporter of this community event helping to raise money for local charities,” said Wayne Hoens of Bendigo Bank Tewantin.

Members of the Noosa Beach Classic Car Club last night paraded their cars along the Noosaville riverfront and Hastings St, Noosa, ahead of a gala night at Peppers Resort at Noosa Heads.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT Noosa Beach Classic Car Show 2017

WHEN 8am-2.30pm, Sunday, October 1 tomorrow

WHERE Lions Park, cnr Noosa Drive and Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads

HOW MUCH $10 per adult, children under-14 free when accompanied by an adult

MORE INFO www.noosacarclub.com.au

2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry
2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry


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