The fes­ti­val of the To­rana

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

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.

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