Ipswich Autospectacular 2019 - Gallery

By: Cliff Chambers, Photography by: Cliff Chambers

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It was beautiful one day and perfect the next at Willowbank once the clouds cleared

 

Ipswich Autospectacular 2019

There can never be a bad time to enjoy a car show and nobody, apart from the bloke who chose to camp in a leaky tent, was complaining as the cloud dissolved and open spaces surrounding Willowbank Raceway an hour west of Brisbane filled with cars.

This isn’t a high-profile drag-racing event, although participants are invited to try their skills and reflexes on the track. No, the annual Autospectacular is more social than combative and welcomes absolutely anyone with an interest in historic or high-performance motor vehicles.

Isolated showers may have deterred a few but the roll-out of cars was still massive. From 7.00am the carparks surrounding the drag-strip, go-kart tracks and dirt circuit sprouted with colour and by 9.00 the carpet of cars extended all the way to the access road.

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They came individually, in social or family groups, or organised and en masse.

The Autospectacular has become a popular destination for Club Runs, giving owners of vehicles on restricted registration the opportunity to legally exercise their historic vehicles with a decent run into the countryside.

Largest of the official groupings brought together a massive display of local Fords from the 1960s to most recent models. A massive turn-out by members of the XR Falcon Club in particular stood as tribute to a brand which will not be allowed, if its supporters have their way, to fade into history.

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Against the roar and screech from the very adjacent dragstrip we managed to chat with several owners and get close to a variety of cars that brought individuality to a day where any car with character will be warmly welcomed and admired.

 

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