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THE DAVID HACK CLAS­SIC HAS IT ALL. RE­ALLY

Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - WORDS PHO­TOS BEN DIL­LON  

The an­nual David Hack Clas­sic in Toowoomba com­bines a love of clas­sic ma­chin­ery of both the air­borne and ter­res­trial va­ri­ety with an eclec­tic mix of old cars, old bikes and old planes.It pro­vides a rich au­ral treat as Spit­fires take off and cir­cle the sky while lazy V8s and clas­sic bikes rum­ble into po­si­tion for the show.

The event held in hon­our of as­pir­ing au­to­mo­tive photo-jour­nal­ist David Hack has been a fix­ture of the Queens­land car-show cal­en­dar for nearly two decades. David’s work was pub­lished in Street Ma­chine, Fast Fours, Wheels and

Per­for­mance Street Car

Mag­a­zine be­fore his life was cut short by Non-Hodgkin’s Lym­phoma just be­fore his 28th birth­day. The venue that was to host David’s birth­day now con­tin­ues to hon­our his mem­ory with a yearly cel­e­bra­tion of all things au­to­mo­tive and avi­a­tion, with the lo­cal Ro­tary Club do­nat­ing pro­ceeds to the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Host­ing a show which fea­tures such di­verse ma­chin­ery is quite a chal­lenge, so full marks to its or­gan­is­ers and to the thou­sands of pun­ters who come out ev­ery year to sup­port the great event. In fact you’d be hard-pressed to find any­one who isn’t im­pressed by the huge range and num­ber of ex­hibits on of­fer. There is vir­tu­ally some­thing for ev­ery­one. There are the WWII-pe­riod planes which take off reg­u­larly through­out the day giv­ing joy rides to

spec­ta­tors. Then there are the many car clubs that put on fan­tas­tic dis­plays, and in­di­vid­ual own­ers who come to en­joy the day who seem to ‘get’ the event’s spe­cial ethos. It’s one big cel­e­bra­tion of the joys of life through cars, air­craft and pretty much any­thing with wheels and an en­gine! Hav­ing a mid-’90s Honda NSX sur­rounded by a mint Sun­beam Rapier, a slammed and slick ’40 Chevy hot rod pick-up and an As­ton Martin DB6 gives a pretty good in­di­ca­tion of what this event is all about. The va­ri­ety con­tin­ues as you walk past the BMW and Lo­tus club.

Then there’s a smat­ter­ing of E-type Jags sit­ting with a Fer­rari 430 while a lo­cally-built replica of the Bat­mo­bile from the 1992 movie prowls the tar­mac. It looks like it’s shap­ing up to take on the planes in a race.

As with all car meets, there are as many opin­ions as there are cars, that are shared whether in­vited or not, with some be­ing ex­pressed loudly and with great cer­tainty. Thank­fully there is a fairly chilled re­sponse from the free-ad­vice group even when a low-rider styled 1956 Wolse­ley with a pur­ple lace roof and Cadil­lac ‘rocket’ tail-lights bur­bles down the tar­mac. Some think it’s cool while some of the older blokes grum­ble about ‘he’s gone and ru­ined a per­fectly good car’. Mean­while ev­ery­one else cel­e­brates the gift of cars and a nice day out in good weather, check­ing out some cool metal. In­con­gruity is also a theme read­ily on dis­play at David Hack with a Mercedes-Benz 600SEL

“WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU EX­PECT TO SEE A WOLSE­LEY LOW-RIDER?”

V12, which on launch in 1992 was lauded as ‘the best car ever’ by a Bri­tish mo­tor­ing mag­a­zine, shar­ing space with a rusty old speed­way ‘stock car’ – it’s a barred-up, flat­head V8-pow­ered ’30s Ford. All of this is within spit­ting dis­tance of an im­mac­u­late Austin A30 and a gor­geous ’61 Cadil­lac El­do­rado convertible.

Then there’s a Moto Guzzi mo­tor­cy­cle and a Falco plane, paired for their match­ing red liv­ery, and pre­sum­ably also for their Ital­ian ori­gins.

It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that 2018 will mark the 20th stag­ing of the David Hack Clas­sic. Per­haps it’s not all that sur­pris­ing that the event has en­dured for nearly two decades while ig­nor­ing the fads and trends that have con­trib­uted to the demise of more one-di­men­sional shows. I’m in­clined to think that visi­tors dis­ap­pointed by lesser shows have be­come rusted-on David Hack Clas­sic fans after dis­cov­er­ing its au­then­tic charm and the range of clas­sic ex­hibits on of­fer. After all, where else would youy ex­pect to see a Wolse­ley low-rider?

RIGHT TAA may have crashed and burned, but the ‘Split­tie’ still chugs on.

BELOW Quite rare in Qld – a lovely BMW 2002 Tour­ing.

BOT­TOM Ground clear­ance is so over­rated.

RIGHT 265km/h top whack, eh Ken? Pretty damn good.

LEFT Some wire­brush­ing and a squirt of paint and sh’d come up good.

CEN­TRE A lonely ‘Landie’ among the heavy-duty Yanks.

RIGHT One man’s English saloon is an­other man’s hot rod.

ABOVE A lovely Beemer 840 adds a touch of Bavar­ian flavour to the mix.

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