Last weekend was a weekend of car shows and with cracking weather, the shows were absolutely outstanding. First we had the annual Italian Car Show organised by Club Motori Italia. You can see lots of photos at that link. People I’ve spoken to within CMI say it was the best turnout they’ve had at that show, maybe ever.
Sunday, being the first Sunday in the month, it was Classics By The Beach down at Sandy Bay. If Saturday’s weather was considered fine, Sunday’s was amazing. It got the cars out of people’s garages, too, as ‘Classics’ was huge!
Hobart’s a city of just 250,000 people. With such a small population, I am constantly amazed at the quality metal that turns up at car shows here. We are truly blessed with some great car fans. I think you’ll really be impressed if you have a look at the full gallery.
I got there around 9:30, which is relatively early, and there wasn’t a parking spot to be found. I had to park on the outer, not far from Joe, the owner of this black 968CS.
Allow me to kick off the greater part of this month’s instalment with my favourite car this month – an Alfasud Sprint. I have to confess a certain soft-spot for this model as I had a car exactly the same as this one – same interior and exterior and quite possibly the same year model – back in the late 1990’s. It was my first Alfa.
The Sprint arrived in Hobart around 15 minutes before I took these photos, having travelled on the ferry from the mainland overnight and then a three hour drive from Devonport to Hobart. The owner is a friend of mine, Gavin K, and he is pleased as punch with his purchase.
If I remember correctly, the car is an ’82 model so it’s got the classic silver-bumper look. It’s in very tidy condition, too, with no visible rust and paint that’s holding up well. The original brown interior will need some re-trimmed seats eventually, but it’s all there and all original.
I’m in the mood for an economically priced Italian again and my Brumby is ready to go on the market. I was surprised by the amount of headroom I had in Gavin’s Sprint so there’s a good chance I might try and track one of these down in the next few months.
On to other cars, then, but let’s stick with the Italians for a moment longer. My mate Matt the fudgepacker – he runs a fudge company with his Mrs – brought his son, Lewis, along for a look at the cars. Here’s Lewis photobombing a Fiat 500.
Lewis had fun in my 968, which he named ‘Rory’, climbing into the driver’s seat and playing with everything. I noticed the headlamps were on (but not raised) around 15 minutes later 🙂
Back to the Fiat. Simplicity is the order of the day on the inside….
But you know when you see anodised connectors on the outside that things have been played with just a little….
The De Tomaso Pantera was there again and I managed a shot with the rear door open. Have a look at this lump jammed behind the seats!
And a close-up…..
Sometimes it’s the details that make a supercar…..
On the other end of the engine-size scale, here’s the engine bay of an old-timer that attended (Austin 7 perhaps?)
And an old Morris of a similar era…
Back to Italy for a moment…… the amazing Alfa Sprint Zagato that graced the Italian car show the day before was also at Classics on Sunday. This time I managed an interior photo to go with the exterior….
It was a pleasure to see this Jensen Interceptor in attendance. It was one of three Jensens there on Sunday. It’s an even greater pleasure when I see this one on the road occasionally, because the owner uses it as his everyday driver – I saw him just a few days before in the Hobart CBD. It’s great to see old classics like this getting regular use.
And the very gentlemanly interior….
Time for a little bit of Australiana with a favourite model Holden in attendance.
The EH Holden was made from 1963 to 1965. Many people prefer the HR that came a few years later because of its slightly bigger engine and disc-brake front end. I’ll take an EH wagon in Storm Grey, thanks. Here’s one in an un-original blue.
A few nice E-Type Jaguars were there, though apparently not in convoy. The V12 was especially nice in terms of condition, though I’m not sure about the colour.
Immaculate engine bay….
And a classical interior that I’m sure is a wonderful place to spend some time.
Coming back to Australia for a moment, this is Australia’s take on a Caterham. It’s called an Elfin and you can build it in your own shed if you like…..
I’ve not seen a Morgan here at Classics before. It’s strange to see such an old looking car with an airbag!!
I didn’t notice how small it was until I saw this photo at home (or maybe it’s a matter of how big the Patrician is?)
The second-last car I’ll highlight is this orange BMW 2002. I featured one of these in a Fantasy Friday entry a few months ago and I’d still love to try one out. This one presented beautifully in its period colour scheme. Want.
A front-end that would change the world of sports sedans forever!
And finally, some photos of a car that I’ve shown once before, a magnificent Porsche 356 Super 90. This was actually a California car that the Aussie owner had imported and converted to RHD.
Wonderful colour scheme. It’s actually grey but looks white, and has a deep red interior.
There are heaps more photos below.
Click to enlarge and enjoy.