BEST OF BRITISH ON DISPLAY
Has anyone yet out-designed the iconic Jaguar E-Type? No, didn’t think so.
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.
APOVE: Jaguar E-Type and MG at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.