TWELVE months of hard slog is starting to bear fruit for the organisers of the Great Southern Classic Car Show as registrations start to roll in for the September 29 event.
The inaugural show that will turn Denmark’s main drag into a visual feast for motoring enthusiasts was the brainchild of one of Denmark’s most committed classic car fans.
Ron Barnett said he has been to ‘heaps’ of car shows over the years and noticed a gaping hole in Denmark’s events calendar for those with a passion for classic cars.
“Nearly two years ago I had coffee with a mate, and we spoke about how Denmark has been bringing tourists to town for all the arts events for probably 20 years,” he said. “But there was nothing on offer for the boys that like their cars.
“So, my mate said ‘what about a car show?’. “I’ve been to hundreds of cars shows all over the place, and I thought ‘A car show…why not?’.”
Mr Barnett said organising the event had been a hard slog, but it was all taking shape. “The locals have really come on board. We’ve got about 40 sponsors, the Shire of Denmark is behind us, and the registrations are starting to come in,” he said. “We’ve already had interest from Wanneroo, Wagin, Katanning…the Mustang Club will be there.
“We can fit 122 classic cars and about 50 bikes on Strickland Street, which will be closed off to other traffic for the event. And now a lot of the hard work is done, we hope that following this year’s success – fingers crossed – it will become an annual event.” “The whole idea is to raise money for the Black Dog Institute, and for the community and to bring people to town.”
To maximise participation, Mr Barnett said the only competition for entrants would be a people’s choice award, from which his own fully-restored, eye-popping 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback in delicious Vintage Burgundy would not be a contender. Yes…the car will be on show, but fair is fair. The car took Mr Barnett four years to restore from bare metal and has won him a few trophies. With teeming rain falling and a break in the weather nowhere in sight, The Voice of the South had to contend with a garage inspection under artificial light of Mr Barnett’s pride and joy. Even under such challenging conditions, it was plain to see that some of Ford’s finest work was shining through thanks to the nut-and-bolt restoration. While Mr Barnett’s Mustang is top-shelf stuff, he encouraged owners of vintage, veteran or classic cars (pre 1988) and open class motorbikes that would like to display their own pride and joy to get their registrations in.
The event will also offer plenty of entertainment with live music, rock ‘n’ roll dancers, raffles, face painting and food stalls.
Details are at www.gsclassiccars.com