BEST OF BRI­TISH ON DIS­PLAY

Has any­one yet out-de­signed the iconic Jaguar E-Type? No, didn’t think so.

Noosa Life and Style - - NOOSA EVENTS - IAIN CURRY

NOOSA’S water­front Lions Park and glim­mer­ing clas­sic cars make for a pic­turesque scene each year at the Noosa Beach Clas­sic Car Show.

This year’s event on Sun­day, Septem­ber 30, cel­e­brates 30 years, with around 300 rare, ex­otic and valu­able cars ex­pected.

Bri­tish brands will be a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus for cel­e­bra­tion, so long week­end vis­i­tors and lo­cals can ex­pect to see a host of im­mac­u­late Jaguar E-Types, Tri­umphs, MGs, Lo­tuses, As­ton Martins, Rolls Royces and more.

One of the show’s draw­cards is the va­ri­ety on dis­play. With no re­stric­tions on what clas­sics are dis­played there’s al­ways an eclec­tic mix of mar­ques and mod­els.

Many are from the col­lec­tions of Noosa Beach Clas­sic Car Club mem­bers, most of whom lav­ish a great deal of time and money on their rar­i­ties.

Past shows have brought out hugely valu­able Fer­raris, Porsches, Fal­con GTHOs and Holden Monaros, while hot rods, com­pe­ti­tion cars and favourites like Ford Mus­tangs and Chevro­let Corvettes of all vin­tages are abun­dant.

Sun­shine Coast’s Bowden’s Own Col­lec­tion al­ways brings at least one world class stan­dard clas­sic – road car or com­pe­ti­tion car – of­ten val­ued at over a mil­lion dol­lars.

Last year it was Peter Brock’s 1979 Bathurst-win­ning HDT A9X To­rana.

Ce­mented on Noosa’s cal­en­dar as one of the biggest and best events and fundrais­ers for lo­cal char­i­ties, the car show has come a long way from hum­ble be­gin­nings.

The in­au­gu­ral event of 1988 was part of Noosa’s Hast­ings St pro­mo­tional drive, and at­tracted just 17 cars.

It’s now re­garded as one of the most im­por­tant an­nual car shows in Aus­tralia, with 15 dif­fer­ent judg­ing cat­e­gories such as Pre-50s, Mus­cle Cars, Aus­tralian Sports and Sur­vivor/Barn Finds.

Win­ners’ tro­phies in re­cent years have been aptly shaped like surf­boards.

PHOTO: IAIN CURRY

APOVE: Jaguar E-Type and MG at the 2016 Noosa Beach Clas­sic Car Show.

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