Show a car lovers’ paradise

YOU don’t have to be a lover of old cars to enjoy this weekend’s Gnoo Blas Classic car show at Jack Brabham Park on Saturday.

Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club president Denis Gregory says this year’s event will showcase almost every make of car from tiny Fiat 500s to Cadillacs and Ferraris, drag cars, street cars, new cars and motorcycles.

“There’s something for everybody,” Mr Gregory said.

“Orange helicopters will also be there and kids can get free laps of the old track in some of the classic cars that will be on display.”

Special guests at the show and enthusiasts’ dinner on Saturday night include motor racing legends Jim Richards and Colin Bond, who between them have won every major motor sport championship in Australia.

“Jim Richards is still racing and he’ll bring two of his cars to Orange, a JPS BMW and the Shannons Porsche,” Mr Gregory said.

Both drivers will be given a civic reception on Saturday afternoon.

Special displays on Saturday include a tricked-up Ford GT R highway patrol car that’s being brought to Orange by Senior Sergeant Mark Stevens.

“It’ll line up next to a New York police car and one of seven special Nissan Skyline cars built for the Tasmania police,” Mr Gregory said.

“Darryl Bush from Canberra will also show his world rally car Corolla and one of [rally driver] Neal Bates’s Toyota 86s.”

Charles McCarron from Canowindra will also be at Saturday’s event with his 1948 Holden.

People at the show will also have a sneak peek at a simulator based on the Gnoo Blas track as it was when races were held there in the 1950s.

There’s 12 categories for judging at the event including car of the show, best Holden and Ford, best street car, best local car, best clunker, best motorcycle and best club display with trophies donated by Shannons Insurance, Meguiars and John Davis Motors.

On Sunday some of the visitors will go on a short scenic drive to the Pinnacle and Lake Canobolas and then to the Orange Botanic Gardens for a picnic lunch.

“The Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club wants to keep alive the history of the old track through the annual car show so some of the entrants can tour the old road circuit at the posted limits,” Mr Gregory said.

Mr Gregory said the show was now firmly established as one of the best and most popular in NSW.

SHOW TIME: Shane Reddan’s 1964 EH Holden will be on display at this weekend’s Gnoo Blas Classic car show. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0205cars3

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