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.