Raceview car lover Glendon Burns and daughter Matilda in front of his 1971 XY GS Ford Fairmont at Willowbank Raceway yesterday.
Raceview car lover Glendon Burns and daughter Matilda in front of his 1971 XY GS Ford Fairmont at Willowbank Raceway yesterday. Rob Williams

Classic motors on show

RAINY conditions did not dampen the spirits of revheads at the Shannons Queensland Autospectacular at Willowbank Raceway yesterday.

The sun even shone on show cars and bikes for a couple of hours, and thousands of car and bike enthusiasts enjoyed the swap meet, test'n'tune session and car-themed games.

Event co-organiser Laurene Forster said the one-day event showed about 1800 cars and attracted about 5050 people to Willowbank.

"Bearing in mind it was rainy and overcast, I think it was a great result," Mrs Forster said.

Raceview car-lover Glendon Burns said it was great to have the autospectacular held so close to his home.

"I have a couple of cars, but I'm showing my 1971 Fairmont here," Mr Burns said.

"It's great to be able to take part in a big show like this. It's a good test for your car.

"I came here last year too. Willowbank's a really good venue for motorsport and the Autospectacular is a way of making use of it.

"It's a good change from the 900-mile drive I made once to show my car in Sydney," he laughed.

The 12-year-old autospectacular event was moved from Cleveland to Willowbank last year.

One of the major drawcards to this year's event was the chance to drive street-registered vehicles down the raceway's quarter-mile track, but Mrs Forster said the special offer unfortunately had to be cancelled due to rain earlier in the morning.

"People were looking forward to it but it just wouldn't be safe, and no one seems too put out about it," she said.

Mrs Forster said the auto- spectacular was Queensland's largest one-day car club event.

She said 550 car owners had registered for judging, with car owners driving from as far away as Lismore, Dalby and Hervey Bay to attend the event.



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