To­ranafest cel­e­brates mile­stone

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Holden To­rana’s 50th birth­day will be cel­e­brated at To­ranafest 2017. The Hunter Val­ley To­rana Club’s big bash is set for Septem­ber 16-17 in Mait­land with HDT iden­ti­ties Colin Bond and Ned Nowacki among the spe­cial guests.

The ‘Fes­ti­val of the To­rana’ con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength. It be­gan in 1994 when then New FM ra­dio host May­nard made men­tion on air of the in­or­di­nate amount of To­ranas he’d no­ticed on the road lo­cally. This be­came an on­go­ing topic of conversation, es­pe­cially when New­cas­tle To­rana own­ers be­gan rib­bing May­nard about his VW. Some­one then brain­stormed the idea of an all-To­rana car show, which the sta­tion got be­hind. The first To­ranafest at­tracted 183 en­tries at Bar Beach and it’s grown ever since.

This year 400 To­ranas are ex­pected to join Sun­day’s show and shine, from the hum­ble 1.2-litre HB of 1967 to their younger, more mus­cu­lar brothers, the A9Xs. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude Satur­day’s gala din­ner and the Shan­nons Su­per­cruise from Mait­land to the his­toric vil­lage of Mor­peth. AMC salutes To­ranafest for main­tain­ing its orig­i­nal el­e­ment of fun, in stark con­trast to some car gath­er­ings that take them­selves too se­ri­ously.

To­ranafest will raise funds for Ron­ald McDon­ald House, Car­rie’s Place and Dog Res­cue. To sup­port the lat­ter, en­trants and spec­ta­tors are asked to bring a can of dog food. More info at www. to­ranafest.com.au

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