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All American Day 2012, NSW
Sunday January 15th 2012 dawned grey, wet and shitty but the forecast suggested it may get better so I headed off to the All American Day at Castle Hill. Hosted by the Mustang Owners Club of Australia Inc. this was the 30th event exclusively for American built vehicles benefiting the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Up for grabs were twenty nine trophies covering vintage and veteran, hot rods, cruisers, commercials, muscle cars, convertibles and more. Entrants had to pony up $10 a car while it’s free for the public. I haven’t come for the last couple of years and when I arrived early it had all the makings of a major disappointment – not many cars.
I suspect the weather played a large part in the number of cars being down as owners rolled over and went back to sleep on seeing the early morning rain. The good news was after 9.30am a lot more cars started rolling in so the end result was fewer than my last visit but spectator numbers were certainly up. Huey turned it on for the rest of the day and a number of the convertibles were topless on the roof basking in the sun.
There is always a big rollout of Mustangs and this year was no different. Shelby’s, stock, restored, blown, convertibles, fast backs, coupes – just about every year, colour and body style was represented. At least eighty percent plus were pristine capable show winners so I was glad I wasn’t responsible for judging them. An extremely well presented aqua 68 convertible caught my eye and apart from a boot alignment issue, was flawless and I would be happy to have it parked in my garage.
Corvettes were well represented and most American makes had club and individual entrants. A big contingent of Mopars were present from land yachts to the PT Cruiser Club and plenty of Dodges, Plymouths and Chryslers from all eras. WWII Jeeps were set out in a great display, massive Caddies, Pontiacs, Hudson, Studebaker, Chevs and bigger bodied Fords littered the car park. The low rider crew, mainly in 63 Chevs all came in together blowing and hissing their airbags.
Not many hot rods come along to this event and this year was no exception however those that do come manage to stand out in an attention seeking crowd. A nice little 32, built old school with flames caught my eye but trying to take a photo was difficult as others obviously thought it was cool too and it was swamped with lookers.
Early model T, late twenties right through to the latest Camaro, Challenger and Mustang – there was something for everyone on display. Judging by the crowds reaction the day ended up being a winner and the trophy hunters would be happy too – even though they did have to chamois down on arrival. There were a lot of new cars this year and checking them all out was well worth the drive. Plenty for sale as well if you were in the market for your next classic.
With sun in the morning hopefully next year I will be back and I encourage anyone with an interest in American iron to get out to Castle Hill Towers and check out the mouth watering display for themselves in 2013.
Words by Mark, owner of Classic Car Gurus