Thursday, November 21, 2013

Celebration of the Motorcar - sports cars, classic cars, prestige cars and unique cars

The 2013 Celebration of the Motorcar at the Cottesloe Civic Centre in support of Bridging Communities ( ) was a display of 130 invited vehicles showing off a broad range of the history of motorcars in general, never mind Western Australia. The 2013 event had three feature displays, 100 years of Aston Martin, including the oldest Aston in Australia from 1923. There were a couple of DB models (2/4, 4, 6) and the 2013 Vanquish.

50 years of the Porsche 911, including the oldest one in WA and two different production cars released in Australia just 3 days previously.

And 50 years of Bolwell, with every Bolwell car model on display together for the first time. And the model names for the most part are easy to remember, Bolwell Mark 4, 5, 6, 7, Nagari (8), Ikara and (new) Nagari.

This even has been run by Paul Blank from Automotive Events Management since 1993. Below is the 1925 Amilcar and the lavish Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Cars that hadn't been put into the area on the Saturday afternoon were lined up before 830 in the morning with all the cars to be displayed organised and in position prior to 10am with the public being allowed in from 1030. Cars included the rare Facel Vega, the exuberant Plymouth Superbird Roadrunner, Alfa Romeo Montreal and the polished aluminum Jaguar XK which is the oldest of its kind in Australia.

Awards were presented about 315 prior to the show concluding. The judging can't have been easy in order to select the cars that took out the trophies.
The winner of the Pre-War Class (presented by Autosculpt Miniatures) was the 1923 Aston Martin Grand Prix car of Peter and Robin Briggs.

The Post-War Sports Car class (by Clockwork Print) was taken out by the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette of Mark Bojanjac.

The Post-War Saloon class (by The Ultimate Grand Prix Experience) was taken by the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham owned by Ross Morgan.

And finally, the Peter and Robin Briggs Peoples Choice award went to the 2012  McLaren MP4-12C.

The collection of cars on display was amazing and while I have only put a few up (obviously with a slight favoritism to the Bolwells given my club association), I will follow in time with some more images of the event. Below however is the first Bentley to compete in the Le Mans 24-hour in 1923, an original AC Cobra, the only Ford GT in WA, the beautiful Packard Hawk, the only one of its kind in Australia, and a Jaguar XJ13 replica.

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