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2011 Harrigans Rod and Custom Show
Presented By Harrigans Drift Inn at Calypso Bay
Sunday, October 16, 2011
South East Queensland Australia
Text and Pictures By
Elton Walker for the Queensland Chevrolet Club Inc

The 2011 Harrigans Rod and Custom Show has been hailed as the best car show in South East Queensland bar none. This, the fourth show staged at Calypso Bay presented by Harrigans Drift Inn, Guthrie Racing and the Queensland Chevrolet Car Club Inc. was the most successful yet with high quality rods and street machines lining not only the waterfront but the spectator car parks too.  The car park was worthy of a show in it’s own right.  There was an amazing turn out of rods, classics, customs and street machines and thousands of people through the gates. The weather gods smiled on us just at the right time and the show went ahead as planned on a great sunny day.

From the moment you entered the grounds you were greeted with street machines and hot rods as far as the eye could see.  In the entry of the pub itself, the orange and white 1938 Chev Coupe of Peter Guthrie welcomed car fans inside.

Prize money and giveaways increased again this year to over $6000.  The awesome trophies from the Trophy Superstore were admired by all the spectators as they cruised from the beer gardens out onto the Broadwater backdrop to admire the sea of gleaming chrome and custom painted vehicles.  Proceeds from the day went towards the on-going care of a special person, 25 year old Sam Goddard who featured recently on ABC’s Australian Story and 60 Minutes. We were lucky enough to have Sam visit the show on Sunday with his Dad, John and Sams’ carers. After his treatment Sam was able to say a few words of thanks to the appreciative crowd during trophy presentations. 

The big $1000 prize donated by Altra9 Rear Ends was won twice by the Guthries and twice turned down to be drawn again, however it was decided to auction it upon completion of the trophy awards. Subsequently, Mark Anthony, a dedicated Chev Club member was the successful auction winner after spirited bidding by members of the Gold Coast Muscle Car Association. Mark decided to donate his auction bid money towards Sams ongoing treatment. Well done Mark and Rosslyn.

The biggest contingent of sponsors and traders to date were present on the day and were well supported by the public. This year the organisers mixed it up a bit with a change in location for most traders and it seemed to work very well – a recipe we’ll be following for next years’ event. A mini kids play zone was also set up in front of the tavern to cater for the younger ones with a ball game swimming pool and rides.  

First timers to the show were impressed not only with the quality and quantity of cars but also with the venue right on the waterfront overlooking the Broadwater islands and the marina. The food and drinks prepared and served by the friendly Harrigans Drift Inn staff ensured all tastes were catered for. 

A steady stream of people milled around the site all day checking out some of the coolest street machines, classics, customs and hot rods from all over the south east and northern New South Wales. The show was lucky enough to attract the current top street machine in Australia, the sensational gold Ford F100 pick up of Wayne and Diane McLaughlin. It stunned show goers last year at the Gold Coast Hot Rod show, MotorEx in Sydney in July and equally impressed the show goers at Harrigans on Sunday.  Waynes vehicles appeared on the PWR stand along with PWR’s own red Chevy pickup – another stunning truck.

The Queensland Chevrolet Club Inc. would like to thank all the sponsors especially Harrigans and OzRods the Street Machine Specialists, traders, ASMF judges, Paul the DJ and all the helpers for their support and those who entered vehicles on the day.  Chev Club organisers will now work on putting together a stunner of a show for the fifth anniversary of this event in 2012 to try and rival the shows’ mega success on Sunday.

And the winners were:

BEST MODERN           Trophy +  $100 cash

Sponsored by          Pacific Highway Auto Recyclers
Vehicle                    VU COMMODORE
Ent No 36        Entrant Name:  Doug Hose

48–70 – RUNNER UP    Trophy +  $50 cash

Sponsored by        ASMF Qld Division Inc
Vehicle                  FJ HOLDEN
Ent No 37              Entrant Name:  Ernie Hill

BEST  48-70             Trophy + $100 cash

Sponsored by       Clifford Wilson Mechanical  
Vehicle                  1955 FJ HOLDEN
Ent No  6               Entrant Name:  Martin & Helen Purcell

PRE 48 – RUNNER UP        Trophy +  $50 cash

Sponsored by      Todd Jones Pool Services
Vehicle                  AUSTIN A40
Ent No  31            Entrant Name: John Glencross

BEST PRE 48        Trophy  +  $100 cash

Sponsored by      Cruzin Magazine (Drive Publishing) 
Vehicle                  MODEL T FORD
Ent No  78            Entrant Name:  Gary Berndt

BEST ENGINE BAY      Trophy + $150

Sponsored by      Todd Jones Pool Services
Vehicle                 1975 HOLDEN TORANA - YELLOW
Ent No 99             Entrant Name:   Matthew Klauss

TOP PAINT      Trophy + $150 cash

Sponsored by      Harrigans Drift Inn
Vehicle                 1964 CHEVROLET BEL-AIR
Ent No 12             Entrant Name: Peter Guthrie

BEST REPRESENTED CLUB        Trophy + $250

Sponsored by        Queensland Chevrolet Car Club Inc
Club Name:            Gold Coast Muscle Car
Association Inc

BEST CONVERTIBLE          Trophy + $100 cash

Sponsored by         Gold Coast Muscle Cars
Vehicle                    1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Ent No 4                  Entrant Name: David & Pam Guthrie

TOP CUSTOM         Trophy + $250 cash

Sponsored by           Shannons Insurance
Vehicle                      1948 VAUXHAUL
Ent No 2                    Entrant Name: Jamie Craig

STREET MACHINE  -   3rd Place    Trophy + $100 cash

Sponsored by          Keith 4 Wheel
Vehicle                     1955 CHEVROLET SPORTS COUPE
Ent No  55                Entrant Name: Trevor  Kitson 

STREET MACHINE  -  2nd Place        Trophy +  $200 cash

Sponsored by        Guthrie Building Services 
Vehicle                   1968 HOLDEN MONARO
Ent No  159            Entrant Name: Monty Brown

HEAD TURNER AWARD   Trophy + $100 cash

Sponsored by        Altra 9 Rear Ends
Vehicle                   1952 FX HOLDEN
Ent No  14              Entrant Name: Bruce & Robyn Shevill

BEST UTE            Trophy + $100 cash

Sponsored by       Todd Jones Pool Services
Vehicle                  1968 CHEVROLET PICK-UP
Ent No  86             Entrant Name:  John & Liz McKenzie

BEST WAGON/ VAN            Trophy + $100  cash

Sponsored by       Altra 9 Rear Ends
Vehicle                  1954 FORD CUSTOMLINE WAGON
Ent No 73              Entrant Name:  Steve Spiteri

BEST INTERIOR         Trophy + $100 cash

Sponsored by      Archerfield Auto Upholsters
Vehicle                1980 VC COMMODORE
Ent No 203           Entrant Name:  Brad Lane

BEST COMPETITION   Trophy + $150 cash

Sponsored by       Jack Bros
Vehicle                  1928 FORD HOT ROD - YELLOW
Ent No 155            Entrant Name:   Michael Roche

TOP STREET MACHINE       Trophy + $200 cash

Sponsored by         OzRods Street Machine Specialists
Vehicle                    1955 DESOTO FIREFLITE
Ent No  25               Entrant Name: Damien Veness 

TOP MUSCLE CAR         Trophy + $250 cash

Sponsored by         Gold Coast Muscle Cars
Vehicle                    1965 FORD MUSTANG
Ent No 77                 Entrant Name: Philip & Inga McCracken

TOP CLASSIC    Trophy + $250 cash

Sponsored by       ASMF Qld Division Inc
Vehicle                  1954 FORD SKLYLINER
Ent No 41             Entrant Name: David & Helen King

HOT ROD  -  3rd Place     Trophy  +  $100  cash

Sponsored by        Keith 4 Wheels
Vehicle                   1936 FORD ROADSTER
Ent No 165             Entrant Name:   Ross McGaw

HOT ROD  -  2nd Place      Trophy + $200 cash

Sponsored by        Andos Electrical
Vehicle                   1934 FORD ROADSTER 
Ent No  1                 Entrant Name:  Jeffrey Chandler

TOP HOT ROD      Trophy + $300 cash

Sponsored by        OzRods Street Machine Specialists
Vehicle                   1934 FORD ROADSTER
Ent No  71              Entrant Name:   Mike & Joanie Bell

HARRIGANS CHOICE      Trophy  +  $500 cash

Sponsored by          HARRIGANS DRIFT INN
Vehicle                     1956 FORD F100 PICK-UP
Ent No  23                Entrant Name: Wayne & Diane McLaughlin

TOP CAR OF SHOW    Trophy +  $1,000 cash

Sponsored by            GUTHRIE RACING
Vehicle                
      1967 CHEVROLET NOVA
Ent No  183                Entrant Name: Rob Beauchamp


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52 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Coupe

Artist at work

Artist at work

Bruces 32 Coupe

Bruces 32 Coupe

Buick in carpark

Buick in carpark

Chris 57

Chris 57

Chrysler Imperial in carpark

Chrysler Imperial in carpark

Cruzin stand

Cruzin stand

Gold Coast Muscle Car club

Gold Coast Muscle Car club

Green Charger

Green Charger

Head Turner award Bruce Shevill FX Holden Ute

Head Turner award Bruce Shevill FX Holden Ute

Jim Laus Gold Coast Muscle Cars

Jim Laus Gold Coast Muscle Cars

Model T

Model T

Monty Browns HK Monaro

Monty Browns HK Monaro

More Gold Coast Muscle car club

More Gold Coast Muscle car club

New Red 32 Roadster with hemi

New Red 32 Roadster with hemi

OZRods SoCal Roadster

OZRods SoCal Roadster

PWR Chev pickup

PWR Chev pickup

Peter and Jenny Guthries 64 Bel Air

Peter and Jenny Guthries 64 Bel Air

Rods in car park

Rods in car park

Sam Goddard

Sam Goddard

Spit full of cars

Spit full of cars

Street Machine 3rd place Trevor Kitson 55 Chev Coupe

Street Machine 3rd place Trevor Kitson 55 Chev Coupe

Sunliner and Mercury

Sunliner and Mercury

The Blues Boys

The Blues Boys

Trevor Kitsons 55 Chev Coupe

Trevor Kitsons 55 Chev Coupe

Trophies

Trophies

Variety

Variety

Wayne_Diane McLaughlins F100

Wayne_Diane McLaughlins F100

Yenko clone Chevelle in carpark

Yenko clone Chevelle in carpark

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