BIG PRIZE: One of Australia's finest car shows proves bigger and better than ever as 250 rare and special cars take centre stage in this spectacular waterfront location in Noosa.
BIG PRIZE: One of Australia's finest car shows proves bigger and better than ever as 250 rare and special cars take centre stage in this spectacular waterfront location in Noosa.

Noosa turns on the perfection for annual classic car show

STEP aside Pebble Beach, when the sun shines on Noosa there is no better place in the world for a classic car show.

The 28th annual Noosa Beach Classic Car Show was held in glorious sunshine beside Noosa's Hastings St shopping strip on Sunday, with around 250 rare, exotic and valuable machines on display, including numerous veteran, vintage, classic, modified and modern Fords from Australia, America and Europe to honour the Blue Oval's status as marque of the year.

Local Ford dealership Pacific Ford displayed the new Mustang and Focus RS show stoppers, while 2015's Car of the Show - a modified 1977 Ford XC GS Falcon - once more took pride of place alongside other past winners of Noosa's showpiece car show, and took out the Champion of Champions award.

1977 Ford XC GS Falcon Hardtop Coupe at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry
1977 Ford XC GS Falcon Hardtop Coupe at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry

 

Amongst the race cars, American muscle, Aussie classics, hot rods, European sports and tourers - plus a few custom and classic bikes - were plenty of trophy winners as the Noosa Beach Classic Car Club generously rewarded its entrants.

Car of the Show was Reg Vine's simply perfect 1956 Chevrolet C1 Corvette, which certainly had tighter shut lines and was better screwed together than when it left Detroit 60 years ago. A deserved champ.

 

1973 Montesa Cota at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry
1973 Montesa Cota at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry

 

People's Choice award was another 50s American - Shane Barker's 1959 Cadillac Coupe - a custom lowrider with its dazzling paint, sea of chrome, giant fins, white wall tyres and bright white interior rivalling decent hotel rooms for size and luxury.

Early reports from the car club suggest 2016's show has broken last year's attendance record, the weather ensuring a constant stream of enthusiast show-goers helping raise an expected $10,000 for local charities. Rotary and the RSPCA also reported generous returns from their fundraising at the show.

 

Ex-Jackie Oliver 1971 Porsche 911S at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry
Ex-Jackie Oliver 1971 Porsche 911S at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry

 

To the rocking sounds of band Zed 28 belting out classics, the millions of dollars' worth of rare metal were organised into relevant sections. 

The Ford showing was huge as predicted, ranging from modified 2016 Mustangs through to a '71 Falcon GTHO, British classics such as a Lotus Cortina, Capri and 1988 Escort RS Turbo, and even a 1924 Ford Model T Fordor Sedan.

 

1924 Ford Model T Fordor Sedan at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry
1924 Ford Model T Fordor Sedan at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry

 

Buderim's Bowden's Collection debuted its freshly-restored orange 1971 Porsche 911S, formerly owned by 1969 Le Mans winner, Jackie Oliver, and was the standout Porsche amongst many worthy contenders.

The eclectic mix of vehicles on display at Noosa is the show's major appeal - witnessed by three bright yellow Saab 900 Convertibles rubbing fenders with hot rods and a brace of Ford GT40 replicas.

A trio of yellow Saab 900 Convertibles at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry
A trio of yellow Saab 900 Convertibles at the 2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry

Then there are the enthusiasts always ready to chin wag about their cars with like-minded folk, plus the fact all monies raised go to worthy local charities.

A superb event that keeps getting stronger, and fully deserving of its place on this perfect patch of real estate by Noosa's pristine waters. 

2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry
2016 Noosa Beach Classic Car Show.Photo: Iain Curry


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