We spoke to Grant George, a member of the Management Committee of the Classic Cars at C.ex Coffs, about the upcoming Classic Car show on November 11. The show will run from 10:30am – 2:30pm, and Grant gives us a run-down on what we can expect to see, who is involved with the event, and what started his love affair with classic cars.
Hi Grant. Could you give us a bit of a run down on the 2018 Classic Cars at C.ex Coffs Show?
Following the success of last year’s show, this cornerstone event in the C.ex Coffs Sports Touring and Classic Car Club calendar promises to be better again. A broad cross section of approximately eighty classic cars built in Australia, Great Britain, United States, Europe and the Far East dating back as far as the 1940s will be on display. Several members have acquired classic cars during the last twelve months that will complement the already established array of classics.
This year’s celebrated marque will be “The Glorious Years of The British Motor Corporation” that encompasses such brands as Austin, Leyland, MG, Morris, Riley and Wolseley.
Special emphasis will be paid to the iconic Mini, with many variants on display. This car certainly remodelled motoring throughout the world. The show’s participants and visitors will be fortunate enough to hear first hand accounts of the British Motor Corporation’s exploits in Australian motor sport throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s by former Works Drivers who successfully competed at the highest level. Marvel at their victories and rare memorabilia that will be on display.
The Coffs Harbour Veteran and Vintage Car Club and Coffs Harbour and District Motorcycle Restorers Club have been invited to include some of their most rare and finest examples.
Plenty of catering and live music throughout the day will add to the enjoyment.
What are some of the cars that will be on display?
Brand names such as Austin, Morris, MG, Bentley, Morgan, Holden, Ford, Chrysler, Buick, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, Citroen, Peugeot, Nissan will be displayed. Our special display inside the C.ex Coffs Club is not to be missed.
How long has this annual event been running?
This event commenced at the C.ex Coffs Club in 2015 and is now acknowledged as a must see motoring event leading into the festivities, but not directly associated with the 2018 World Rally Championship.
How many people attend the event each year?
Each year this event has continued to grow, with participants that numbered close to one hundred in 2017, plus visitors throughout the day approaching one thousand.
How does Classic Cars compare with other events around Australia?
Per head of capita, the broad cross section of classic cars showcased makes this comparable to any major capital city event.
Friendly owners will be on hand in a relaxed environment and only too willing to talk about the history their unique vehicles – some relaying the trials and tribulations of restoration, whilst others will no doubt have many motoring experiences to pass on. There is no better way to learn about these rarely seen vehicles from yesteryear.
What is one of the cars you are most looking forward to seeing and why?
That is a very difficult question to answer, as new classics appear every year.
I share the passion for all of our cars and fully appreciate the effort each individual commits to maintaining them and preparing them for such shows as the Classic Cars at C.ex Coffs.
At the end of the day, we are custodians that are fortunate enough to share our classics with other like-minded people.
When did your interest in classic cars start?
My interest in classic cars commenced in my junior school days, wiling away too many hours admiring many an MG TC, Austin Healy, Ford Pilot, Jaguar XK120, Riley and Holden that used to zip around our neighborhood. In 1960, I became totally consumed with a neighbor’s brand new yellow Porsche 356 Coupe. There was nothing else like that funny noisy little German car that was half the size of other cars of the day with the motor in the wrong end, yet went like the wind and handled well.
To this day, I remain convinced the owner used to give it “extra stick” purely for my benefit. Its acceleration left an indelible memory for many years. I use to spend hours sketching that car and dreaming of one day owning one. The dream eventually materialised, and I continue to treasure it.
Who would have thought that little car would lead to the Porsche marque continuing to be recognised as the manufacturer of the most successful competition cars decades later!
Other than the vehicles on display, what other stands and services will be at the event?
Each year, the show continues to attract organisations primarily from the Coffs region that provide quality goods and services. This year is no exception, with 2AirFM 109.4, NRMA, Coffs Ecoblast and Ferntree Signs. We have been fortunate enough to have received support from numerous businesses and organisations that are promoting our event by displaying our poster
What is the C.ex Coffs Sports Touring and Classic Car Club?
The C.ex Coffs Sports Touring and Classic Car Club is an Intra Club of the C.ex Coffs. The objectives of the club are to promote, foster and encourage the understanding, restoration and use of sports, touring and classic cars.
Through this association, we receive support from C.ex Coffs in various areas of our club’s activities, such as the Classic Cars at C.ex Coffs Show.