Shannon's QLD Auto Spectacular event organiser Laurene Forster with her 1974 HQ Sandman van in Barbados Green which will be on show at the event at Willowbank Raceway this Sunday.
Shannon's QLD Auto Spectacular event organiser Laurene Forster with her 1974 HQ Sandman van in Barbados Green which will be on show at the event at Willowbank Raceway this Sunday. Rob Williams

Revheads to descend on Willowbank

IF YOU know where to find a fast-idle solenoid or how to install a manifold air temperature sensor, chances are you'll be at Willowbank Raceway this weekend.

Around 9000 revheads are expected to converge on the Ipswich Motorsport mecca this Sunday for the second annual Shannons Queensland Autospectacular.

The one day event moved to Willowbank in 2011 after outgrowing the original venue at Cleveland where it enjoyed 10 successful years.

Buick Car Club member and event co-organiser Brian Hall said the event is a must-see for car enthusiasts.

"The main thing we try to get across is this event is for everyone," Mr Hall said.

"Bring your car out and display it, enjoy the swap meet and the trade stalls, or just mix with like minded people."

The move to Willowbank has some added bonuses for car lovers with track managers allowing owners of street registered vehicles to enjoy a drag down the iconic quarter-mile track.

But if racing your pride and joy down the track isn't your thing, perhaps you could take part in the Australian Rocker Cover Racing Championship.

This light hearted engineering challenge sees entrants turn a rocker cover - that's an engine part for the mechanically challenged - into a free rolling toy car which competitors use to race each other on a miniature 'gravity-fed track'.

Co-organiser Laurene Forster, who with husband John own nine registered classic cars, said the event is growing every year.

"We've got 22 clubs and 550 cars registered for judging and another 2000 cars on display," Mrs Forster said.

The Autospectacular is Queensland largest one-day car club event with proceeds benefiting local charities.

CAR HEAVEN

  • Shannons Queensland Autospectacular at Willowbank Raceway Sunday April 15, Gates open 7am
  • Show and Shine and judging
  • Australian Rocker Cover Racing Championship
  • Timed ¼ mile drags
  • Swap meet and trade stalls
  • Wheel changing competition


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