Details and photos of the 2014 show are below.
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2014 Event Report
What an amazing day… the comments from everyone were tremendously positive throughout the day and afterwards.
With a capacity 130 cars on show and perfect weather, the whole place had an atmosphere like no other car event in Perth.
Celebration of the Motorcar brought some amazing cars out of the woodwork, many of which had never been shown before in public. Who knew there was a Giocattolo V8 supercar in Perth – let alone two of them? We had some very recent arrivals displayed – a Lamborghini Countach which had arrived in WA four days before the show – the Riley Sprite TT which had come fourth outright in the 1935 Le Mans race seen for the first time – a V16 Cadillac 2-Passenger Coupe (one of six built) fresh for its exhaustive restoration – the first McLaren 650S Spider delivered in Australia… the list of superstar cars was long.
A 1958 Corvette first owned by Hollywood star Robert Wagner made its Australian debut at the show, and not far away was a glamorous 1963 Imperial Crown Convertible originally owned by the Emir of Kuwait. A Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud lll which was delivered new to the Governor of South Australia also featured.
Interesting cars were also displayed by some of Perth’s leading car dealerships, including the first showing of the new AMG Mercedes C-Class and a Lamborghini Aventador 720 in striking metallic yellow. New Bentleys and Porsches made interesting comparisons to the classic examples of the marques displayed opposite.
A dealer’s black Mercedes-McLaren SLR, the first one in the state and recently arrived also got a great deal of attention.
Even the trade displays had very attractive cars on their stands – like a RUF Porsche 930 Turbo, a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari 458 Italia and a striking Lincoln Zephyr V12.
Among the older cars of interest were a splendid 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost tourer and the 1922 Bentley which was the very first of the marque to compete at the Le Mans 24-Hour race, in the inaugural year of the event – where it set the lap record. A factory competition 1933 MG K3 which competed when new in many well-known events around the world with famous drivers drew admiring looks.
A special feature display celebrated 100 years of Maserati, with some very glamorous examples of the famous Italian marque displayed.
Some spectacular Ferraris drew a lot of attention, including a Daytona Coupe, the only examples of a 599 GTO and 575 Superamerica in the state and many people’s favourite supercar, a dramatic F40.
The only McLaren MP12C 50th Anniversary in the southern hemisphere was seen by the public for the first time at Celebration of the Motorcar.
A dramatic black Plymouth Prowler, with its huge chrome wheels drew an enormous amount of attention, especially among the younger visitors to the show. A pair of rare Jensen CV8 Coupes from the 1960s surprised many visitors who didn’t know of any in the state and an unusual Bristol 603 which had recently arrived from England proved fascinating for many.
Event Director Paul Blank said afterwards, “With classical music being performed, excellent catering, an entertaining charity auction and awards presentations during the day, the event worked exceptionally well – and charity beneficiary Wheels for Hope was extremely pleased with the event.”
He said “Our award winners were very happy to be selected, with cars winning not for condition or quality of restoration, but for the style they exuded.”
Classic Sports Car – The Peter & Robyn Briggs Award – In recognition of their tremendous involvement in the collectors’ car scene over many years.
1935 Riley Sprite TT – Jim Runciman
Classic Non-Sports Car – The Automotive Events Management Award
1939 Cadillac V16 2-Passenger Coupe – Ross Morgan
Modern Sports Car – The Clockwork Print Award
1985 Lamborghini Countach 5000QV – Danny Meneghello
Classic Non-Sports Car – The Wheels for Hope Award
1998 Bentley Continental R Coupe – Richard Erskine
The People’s Choice Trophy – The Shannons Award
A hearty Thank You to all the event’s supporters, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and visitors. There are some exciting plans developing for next year. Looking forward to November 22nd 2015…
Star attractions included:
- The first McLaren 650S Spider in Australia, shown for the first time
- A 1939 Cadillac V16 2-Passenger Coupe, one of just six made
- The 1958 Corvette which Hollywood actor Robert Wagner owned from new
- The only McLaren MP-12C 50th Anniversary in the Southern Hemisphere, which had never been exhibited before
- The only Ferrari 599 GTO in WA
- The Riley TT Sprite which came fourth outright in the 1935 Le Mans 24-Hour race, being shown for the first time
- The first Mercedes-McLaren SLR to arrive in Western Australia.
- A dramatic Lamborghini Aventadors
- Remarkably, two Australian-made Giocattolo V8 supercars
- The sole Ferrari 575 Superamerica in Western Australia
- A Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud which was delivered new to the Governor of South Australia
- A rare 1963 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible which was first owned by the Emir of Kuwait
- The first Bristol 603 in the state, which has recently arrived
- An Aston Martin DB2/4 imported in 1955 for racing in the South Pacific Sports Car Championship
- One of just two running Tatra Tatraplan sedans in Australia
- A De Lorean DMC-12, famous as the ‘Back to the Future’ car
- A pair of rare Jensen CV8s
- An MG K3 ex-factory competition car that competed new in the Mille Miglia
- The 3-litre Bentley that competed in the very first Le Mans 24-Hour race and set the lap record
- A stylish Mercedes AMG SLS with gullwing doors
- A rare 1930 Cadillac LaSalle Town Sedan
- The first display of the new Mercedes AMG C63