Noosa Concours Hits the Mark
It was a concours of glamour and competitiveness galore from beautiful, mature-aged cars to the more modern and so much more, enthuses Helen Flanagan.
There’s no denying the inaugural Noosa Concours d’Elegance that literally closed Hastings Street, the beach town’s famous boulevard, was a resounding and spectacular success.
Owners of the classic cars ranging from a 1911 Benz to a 2008 Bugatti Veyron and modern Ferraris, mustered at The J in Noosa Junction before a police escort led the cavalcade over the hill into Hastings Street.
The road was lined with applauding locals and tourists in their droves who ogled and mingled amongst the magnificent display. Some taking advantage of the free guided tours with expert insights into the vehicles on display.
Others popped into the Sofitel Noosa’s Beach Bar for a celebratory champagne, attended sessions for car buffs, viewed art and pearl exhibitions, appreciated various music podiums from classic and jazz to pop, admired beautifully-attired car owners, even a standard poodle with best-in-show pink pompoms!
In addition, there were upmarket dinners, lunches, wine-tastings and art exhibitions.
Inspired by the 75-year-old Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it was a coup to have the main event officiated by Sandra Button, long-time chair of the Californian event.
Her husband Martin said he was impressed with the high calibre of entrants, an enormous compliment given he is the chief judge of the world’s most prestigious motoring event. They loved their first time here and will be back.
Over the three days, ticketed events also included the launch party with aerobatic displays and the Presentation Brunch at Sails Restaurant.
Thrilled presenting partner Tom Offermann who had the honour of presenting the Best in Show trophy, said one of the participants summed up the weekend so succinctly saying he had ‘an appointment with a plastic surgeon the following week to remove the smile off his face… so impossible to remove’.
Bravo to Hastings Street Association – here’s to winners and grinners in 2024!
ON THE MARQUE
Congratulations to the following 2023 Noosa Concours d’Elegance winning vehicles:
BEST OF SHOW
Jaguar XK120 FHC
BEST CLASSIC CAR
Ferrari 196 SP
BEST MODERN CAR
Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4
Rolls-Royce Phantom III
Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
The People’s Choice Award went to a decadent 1956 Mercedes 300SL Coupe.
Mark your diaries, Noosa Concours returns for its second year on Saturday 13 July 2024!