$ 8 million auto show for Katie Rose

By Jim Fagan

More than 120 classic and current model cars with an estimated value of $ 8 million will be on display at Chaplin Park, Noosaville on Sunday, October 3.

The Noosa Roadrunner Car Club, whose members hail from Brisbane to Gympie and Hervey Bay, host its annual charity car show, an extravaganza of cars ranging from a 1922 Bugatti Type 13 to $ 1.6 million, a 1934 Jaguar SS1 and an Oldsmobile Sloper from 1936 to this year. current model GT Mustang.

And, just like at her last auto show, the proceeds will go to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice in Doonan.

Racing fans can expect to see a Holden Supercar and a Porsche 997.2 Porsche Cup Car. For motorcycle enthusiasts, there is a rare OK Supreme 1935 and a 1937 Velocette still in its original condition.

While everything on display has a story, the story of the nearly century-old Bugatti that raced the Isle of Man and Maroubra racetracks in Sydney is worth telling.

Owner Mick Freestone, of Bli Bli, inherited the car from his father, Ernie, in 1980.

“Dad worked at a gas station in Adelaide in 1960 that had a showroom full of old cars. Some guy came over to pay for his fuel and said, ‘I have a little car under the house and you can. to have.

“Dad found the Bugatti in a million pieces and restored it to near working order with all the parts he had.

“I took over and almost finished the project to Bugatti standard. I just had the radiator and the oil pump redone but it is not working 100% at the moment. I might have to push it into the car show!

Club president Graeme Block anticipates a relaxed and happy event. He told Noosa Today, “We want to create a picnic atmosphere around the cars where people can sit and talk to the owners.

“We love our cars and we invite people to share our enthusiasm.

“The Noosa Lions Club offers breakfast and then a sausage lunch. There will be ice cream for the kids and there will be a very special raffle with racing driver Gerry Murphy selling tickets to win hot laps at Queensland Raceway with one of his racing cars on display.

“People will be able to have their photos taken in the race car for a donation of gold coins.”

Graeme said the club was formed only three years ago and “we already have 250 members and we are growing. There are many car enthusiasts on the Sunshine Coast and they have these hidden car collections that no one sees. An event like this will bring them out.

Noosa Charity Car Show 8 am-1pm, Sunday October 3, Chaplin Park, Mill St, Noosaville. Admission $ 5 adults, children u14 free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds go to Katie Rose Cottage Hospice. More information roadrunnercarclub.com.au or 0407 009 464.

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