Words & images by Chris Quirke.
On Saturday 5th of March, a number of club members and new visitors to our club, attended the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival along the Geelong Waterfront precinct. The festival provided a immersive display of motoring activities, catering to not only those of us who enjoy later model motoring, but also those of a more historic persuasion. We had a total of 9 vehicles on display on Steam Packet Lawn, adjacent to the historic carousel. Our display vehicles ranged in age, make and shape which showed off the clubs diverse nature.
Shortly after setting up our display the iconic quarter mile sprints commenced, which have been an attraction at the event (formally called the Geelong Speed Trials) since 1956. Interesting to note, that of all the cars which had gone through their first run, including GT Falcons, Monaro’s, Skylines and a number of Porsche’s, it was the all wheel drive Hyundai Kona N that performed the best in the wet.
The festival put on a great display of activities to suit everyone with an automotive interest, trade displays, motorshow, vintage caravan display, vintage fashion awards, vintage boats, supercar display and a large display of bikes for those interested in the two wheel variety.
This event is normally held in November, but due to the affects of Covid19, it was pushed back to March – I would encourage everyone to keep an eye out on the calendar around November later this year as we will be looking to be involved again.
After the day at the festival, most attendees to the Motafrenz display enjoyed an evening bbq back at the Quirke/Nugent-McColley residence. All in all a good day was had by all.