Concours Culture Makes its Marque: Noosa Beach Classica
Expect extraordinary, rare, desirable and valuable collector cars at the Noosa Beach Classica event this September, writes Helen Flanagan.
In a three-day celebration of classic motoring, the inaugural Noosa Beach Classica, the first event of this calibre
in Queensland and in the style of the famed Concours d’Elegance dating back to 17th-century France where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged – a “competition of elegance” if you will.
Noosa’s event will certainly give enthusiasts a chance to join aficionados and marvel at more than 100 exquisite and eye-catching automobilia from around Australia.
Hastings Street will be closed to traffic for four hours and transformed into a ‘concours-style’ evening. Taking centre stage will be the stars of the show – angle-parked, under lights and with information boards with pertinent technical and historical facts.
Jazz bands and street performers will add to the festivities with everyone including families, encouraged to join in. Stroll the boulevard, enjoy the ambience, wine and dine at sidewalk (also beachside) restaurants, cafés, and bars, and visit ice creameries and gelaterias under a stunning spring sky.
Multi-marque classic and modern exotic cars making appearances so far include the who’s-who of wheeling glory: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the 1968 film; a Mercedes Cabriolet 1935; Ford GT40, a limited production vehicle from the Ford factory; Brabham open-wheeled race car, constructed by Sir Jack Brabham circa 1965; Fiat Dino 1967; Ferrari Dino 246GT 1972; Lotus Esprit Turbo 1989; Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica 1951; Bristol 401 Prototype 1948; Citroen SM 1973; Maserati Quattroporte 1995;and a Ford Lincoln Continental Mark 111 1970. Quite the lineup already!
The Noosa Beach Classica event will also be celebrating 60 years of Jaguar E-Type with a display of E-Types from every decade since its release in 1961 – undoubtedly one of the most desirable models in the history of motoring.
Vice president of the Noosa Beach Classic Car Club and Noosa Hill Climb Bruce Anderson said the event promised to be an action-packed weekend including the Beach to Hinterland Tarmac Tour, a unique opportunity for more cars to participate in a journey of more than 100 kilometres, before stylishly arriving for lunch and an awards’ presentations.
If you would like your classic car to be part of the Noosa Beach Classica event, you can fill in an Expression of Interest form at www.noosacarclub.com.au