THOUSANDS of rev heads, car enthusiasts and curious onlookers flocked through the doors of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre at the weekend to feast their eyes on some motoring glory.
The Shannon’s Country Classic Motorshow was a mega hit with locals and buyers, according to organisers from the Rotary Club of Tamworth West.
More than 60 cars and 30 motorcycles were on display, ranging from 1908 through to 2012.
While most of the motoring action was held inside the TRECC, some car show spectators brought their own classic cars to show off, with about 60 outside the building yesterday.
The Oxley 203 highway patrol car, driven by the late Senior Constable David Rixon, was also on display, bearing its blue and white “Rixon’’ number plates.
Rotary publicity officer Jim Booth said the club was overwhelmed with the turnout over the two days.
He said a brand new Mercedes Gullwing which was on display on the showroom floor had sold to one local buyer for $499,000.
“It’s been a brilliant couple of days,” he said.
“We’d like to thank all the local supporters, including Shannon’s, as well as the enthusiasts who have given us the cars.
“It’s safe to say everyone really had a good time and the retailers were selling plenty of merchandise.
Mr Booth said Hotrods, vintage motorcycles and a 1910 Brush were among the highlights of the show, as well as two Ford Typhoon pursuit cars, part of only 10 in NSW and valued at $90,000 each
“There’s new cars as well as a Mustang which was brought out from America, there’s also Toyotas, Mercedes Benz, Great Walls and a lot of motorcycles too,” Mr Booth said.
“We’ve had people come in from all ages. There’s a lot of older people coming in and recognising cars from when they were younger.
“This is the second one we’ve had and it looks like it’s surpassed last year’s show.
“Last year people didn’t know what to expect but this year’s its bigger and we’ve removed more of the seating.
“I was talking to the highway patrol officer who said people weren’t only talking to him about the cars but also about joining the police force and highway patrol, so it was a recruitment exercise as well.”
Mr Booth said the proceeds from the show would go into the club’s general distribution fund which would go to local charities.
The event was the club’s major fundraiser for the year with 80 members and their wives banding together to make it a success.