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Mountain District Car and Bike Show, VIC
Last weekend the family decided to throw a reunion at Healesville in Victoria so I trundled along to catch up with the rellies and was smart enough to check out the events listing on Classic Car Gurus prior to departure. To my surprise there was a local car show on the Sunday in Healesville and it turned out to be just down the road from where we were staying. Thank you very much.
The Mountain District Car and Bike Show is an annual event that is held at the Healesville Showgrounds and this year saw a solid turnout of quality classic cars, pick ups, utes, rods and customs and a small smattering of bikes. Spread out over two large grassed areas, one being an oval, it was easy to get around and check out all the show had to offer.
There were numerous vendors selling all sorts of automobilia, clothing, insurance and most importantly, coffee. The guy selling the coffee was making a motza and the 32 model coffee truck wasnít too bad either. Iím pretty sure he would have gone home with a large smile on his dial.
There were a few clubs in attendance and the one that stood out the most were the early Holdenís. I didnít see what club it was but the FJ and Fxís on show had plenty of lookers chatting to the owners and admiring their rides.
When the sun came out it got hot and humid and sent me scurrying for a hat vendor so my solar panel didnít get burnt. Thankfully there were a few in attendance and being located near the coffee truck gave me another excuse to squeeze in one more frothy.
American muscle, local muscle, neat rods, convertibles, fastbacks, Australian, customs Ė just about any body style and model was on display. Everything from drivers to show vehicles and not a trailer in sight. Itís great to see everyone out on the road enjoying their cars and bikes and not being anal about the dirt road and dust inside the showground.
One point of difference from a lot of other shows I have attended was it appeared there was no cut off time. A lot of shows stipulate you must be in and parked by whenever. As we were leaving around lunchtime there was still plenty of show cars coming in and a long line of cars with spectators aboard looking to get into the showground as well.
Given the chance the car I would have most liked to drive home was a very clean but not too original 69 Camaro (see photos). It had a lot of stiff competition as there were plenty that I would gladly park in my garage but there was something about the simplicity and finish detail of the Camaro that impressed me above everything else.
If you get the chance to visit this show in the future, do it. Great drive from Melbourne on some scenic roads, good camaraderie when you get there and top shelf eye candy to keep you entertained. The band wasnít bad eitherÖ.
Words by Mark, proprietor of Classic Car Gurus