The Altona Classic Car Show stands out among the various activities of the Altona Beach Festival. Vintage cars were already being displayed during previous bayside festivals. But it was only at the 2011 Altona Beach Festival that a Car Show became a major event.
Several members of the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed were keen to show off their classic cars. A member Graham Weightman suggested establishing a Car Torque program on the first Sunday of each month. After accomplishing this, the Mens Shed decided to hold a Car Show in conjunction with the then newly-formed Altona Beach Festival. The Car Show turned out to be a great success, with the proceeds used to help supporting the many activities of the Mens Shed for its members, their families and the community.
The 2012 Car Show continued in the same tradition with the Hobsons Bay Mayor Tony Briffa presenting the trophies to the winners. There are about 120 mostly local participants this year, slightly down from 140 entries the previous year, mostly due to other car show events within the Hobsons Bay area.
The 2012 Car Show features:
- a greater showing of motor bikes
- a few large trucks
- a sausage sizzle and a coffee vendor
- ferrying of visitors from Pier Street to the Apex Park site by a double decker bus
- a display of new cars by Werribee Nissan Group
Results of the Car Show Competition
The judges were specialists from the motor industry specialists and members of the Werribee Classic Car Group. The winners for the two categories are as follows:
|Overall Best Car||1960-1970||HD Holden||Steven Tandic|
|Original||1920-1930||Rugby Tourer, Owner||Robert Randle|
|1940-1950||Austin A40 Devon||Eddy Maddon|
|1950-1960||Austin A40 Devon||Kevin Castle|
|1960-1970||HD Holden||Steven Tandic|
|1970-1980||Ford Fairlane||John Rennie|
|Custom||1920-1930||Ford Bucket||DJ Anthony|
|1930-1940||A Model Ford Roadstar||Angelo Magro|
|1940-1950||Ford Single Spinner||Colleen Baldwin|
|1950-1960||Ford Single Spinner||Les Morrisson|
|1960-1970||Ford Capri||Brian Borg|
|1970-1980||HZ Holden Statesman||Charlie Calleja|
The Mens Shed holds a “Car Torque” Classic Car Group Meet at its premise (opposite Kooringal Golf Club) on the first Sunday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm, during which the public can view the vehicles and have a sausage sizzle .
Thanks to Graeme of Hobsons Bay Mens Shed for providing the information. I will write more about the Mens Shed in a separate post.