The Early Holden Car Club of Wangaratta’s annual GM vehicle show at Apex Park attracted people from all over Victoria and NSW. With over 250 General Motors vehicles on display, we were thrilled with the response from enthusiasts and visitors alike.

As visitors strolled through the amazing array of vehicles on display, they were treated to equipment and skills exercises by Wangaratta SES, which saw a Ford being demolished in a rescue scenario. Along with mouth-watering food from the Rotary Club of Wangaratta, visitors bopped along to the wonderful music of local band Cutest Little Monster. A feature the band provided was a collection of old Holden radio and television advertisements which had everyone (in a certain age bracket) singing along with ‘football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars’.

It was a combination of the recent demise of Holden, the long weekend, the nice weather and the good reputation of this annual event and today the visitors just kept on coming. And they promised they would be back in Wangaratta next year for our twentieth anniversary vehicle show.

The club is grateful for the support of many local business operators; as their help is what makes this event so successful.

The event is well supported by local businesses and many entrants went home with a sponsors trophy or a raffle prize. Local Julie Brown won a Repco Wangaratta $350 mobile tool kit, Dennis Handcock won the Burson’s Auto Parts prize and Bill Webb from Mansfield won big with the Rare Spares raffle voucher. Other prizes included fuel vouchers and diecast model cars.

Cr Harry Bussell of the Rural City Of Wangaratta welcomed the crowd and noted that the event always draws visitors to the area. He presented the RCOW award for the Longest Distance Travelled to Michael Harris from Coronet Bay Victoria, who brought up his Holden SSV Redline Commodore.

This event is now well known in car enthusiast circles and places Wangaratta as a destination of choice for vehicle related events. Over Easter this year the 18th Holden FE-FC Nationals gathering will take place, with hundreds of car owners from all over Australia staying in Wangaratta for up to a week.

Related events for the FE-FC Nationals include a Show & Shine at Apex Park on Easter Saturday and a track day at Winton on Easter Monday.

A lot of club members took part in running the day and made it successful and enjoyable for all of us. Quite a few also won raffle prizes or Sponsors Choice awards.

Other award winners were:

  • Rare Spares Award to David Clarke of Albury with his green EJ Holden Premier Sedan
  • Burson’s Auto Parts Award to Dennis Handcock from Wangaratta with his 1967 HR Holden Premier Station Wagon
  • Shannon’s Insurance Award to Evan Dawe of Young NSW with his yellow FC Holden Sports Sedan Race Car
  • Mawson’s Concrete & Quarries Award to Peter Lack from Milawa with his 64 Chevrolet Impala
  • Wangaratta Club Award to Jeremy Johnson of Wangaratta with his VGTS Monaro
  • Col Diekmann Award to Bill Carberry from Torquay with his HG Holden Panel Van with VE running gear
  • North East Real Estate Award to John Tyrell from Albury with his 1959 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Nawarrah Park Welsh Ponies & Cobs Award to John Goddard of Kerang with his 1968 HK Holden Sedan
  • Myo-Way Award to Chris O’Shannessy of Wangaratta with a yellow HK Holden Monaro
  • WinSec Securities Award to Davis Henderson of Corowa with his yellow LH Holden Torana G-Pak
  • Wangaratta Exhaust and Offroad Award to David Cam of Benalla with his red Holden Grange
  • Cutest Little Monster Award to Karen Honeywill of Tabletop with her 1955 Chevrolet Belair
  • North East Head Repairs Award to Brian McMahon of Wahgunyah with his EH Holden Sedan
  • J-Tel Award to Malcom Morrison of Beverford VIC with a yellow LX Holden Torana
  • SES Wangaratta Award to Ian Dunstan of Wangaratta with his orange HJ Holden Monaro
  • Fly-Tech Award to Bill Webb of Mansfield with his FJ Holden Utility
  • Wangaratta Motor Group Award to Barry Maxted of Shepparton East with his 48-215 FX Holden utility
  • Mundie’s Automotive Engineering Award to Craig Fuller of Myrtleford with his LX Holden Torana
  • Wangaratta Spring Works Award to Colin Murphy of Craigieburn with his silver HK Holden
  • Another Award was sponsored by A1 Tyre Power Wangaratta

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