The festival of the Torana
No fewer than 431 Holden Toranas turned out to celebrate the model’s 50th birthday at the Hunter Valley Torana Club’s annual and spectacular Toranafest in September.
The weekend culminated with the Ansen’s sponsored show and shine at Maitland Park, with over 400 cars parked up by 9am. Toranas came from as far away as North Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. Special guests for the weekend included Colin Bond, Don Holland and rally ace Wayne Bell. The spanner men were also out in force supporting the event with HDT’s Bruce ‘Nowa’ Nowacki and brother Ian ‘Ned’, along with former Ron Hodgson Racing guru Ron Missen and Maitland’s own Dave McLean. All were a big hit with autograph hunters.
This followed twin Friday and Saturday nights functions with 250 enthusiasts in attendance at each. Bev Brock was made an honorary HVTC member, while Kevin Bartlett shared some amazing stories from his illustrious racing career at the Saturday night gala dinner.
Saturday afternoon saw the Shannons Super Cruise leave Maitland and head to the Heddon Greta Drive-In (pictured at bottom). The roads were lined with hundreds of spectators waving Holden flags, most with cameras and phones in hand to record the moment.
“One of things we are most proud of here at Toranafest is that it caters for all types and categories of the Holden Torana from genuine racecars to enthusiasts’ daily drives,” event spokesperson Pete Morris said. “As long as it’s a Torana you are welcomed equally.”
Ronald McDonald House and Carrie’s Place in Maitland benefitted from funds raised by Toranafest.
“The Torana Community also showed what it was made of by donating a couple of Ute loads of products to help out Dog Rescue Newcastle,” Morris said.