There was plenty of chrome glistening in the warm sun at Lardner Park this year, especially on the massively finned Chevs and Cadillacs representing their respective clubs and parked alongside the Sporting Register’s display area at the top of the hill. As expected, American iron and local vehicles dominated the classic car display, but British, European and Japanese cars are slowly making inroads and attracting plenty of interest from the appreciative crowd. This year the Sporting Register reserved an area on the grass near the Baw Baw Pavilion large enough to fit about a dozen vehicles, it was filled very early on – as was the adjacent area which held a further 7 or 8 cars. The line-up was quite impressive and showed the diverse nature of our club’s interest in classic and sporting vehicles.
Hundreds of amazing vehicles, not only classic and sports cars, were on display at this year’s event. Military vehicles, agricultural machinery, commercial vehicles, trucks, motorbikes and even classic caravans were allocated display areas. At the bottom of the hill one could wander through the maze of swap-meet stalls selling everything from old tools to domestic bric-a-brac. Whilst inside the Baw Baw Pavilion there were trade stalls and other purveyors of motoring collectibles and automobilia.
A couple of odd vehicles that grabbed the attention of your correspondent were an old, upright, snub-nosed Chevrolet tray truck that would make a perfect classic race car transporter, and a 1955 aero-style Clipper coach that had been converted to a motorhome – so much nicer than a caravan !