THE diminutive Goggomobil Dart was a little-appreciated curiosity for years until actor Tommy Dysart appeared in a 1990s Yellow Pages television advertisement alongside it.
Playing the role of a Scot repairing his small Goggomobil sedan and on the phone trying to find a spare part, Mr Dysart said the now-famous words: ‘G O G G O, that’s Goggomobil. No,no, not the Dart!’
Following the advertisement’s success in 2002 Shannons Insurance bought a Dart in Dubbo and repainted it green for Mr Dysart to record Shannons’ first television commercial.
Mr Dysart and the Dart have since become inseparably linked with Shannons.
Local car lovers will now be given an opportunity to see the Goggomobil when Shannons brings it to Orange for the Gnoo Blas Classic car show in Jack Brabham Park on Saturday, February 8.
The Dart will be part of the Shannons’ Super Rig display, a huge Mercedes semi-trailer that unfolds into an eight metre by eight metre state-of-the-art hospitality, entertainment and information centre.
“The 24-metre long rig has a roof-top deck, barbecue facilities and plasma screens, state-of-the-art driving simulators and gaming consoles on board,” Shannons’ Harold Upston said.
“People at the car show can look through the purpose-built rig, specially made for Shannons for motoring enthusiasts, and drive the simulators.
“Thousands of people at other major car shows have visited the rig.”
Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club president Denis Gregory expects the Shannons semi-trailer to be one of the major attractions at next week’s show.
“There will be plenty of things for people to look at, we’re expecting to see at least 300 classic cars, street cars, V8 race cars, drag cars and motorcycles at the show,” he said.
“You don’t have to be a motoring fanatic to come to the event, it’s something the whole family will enjoy.”
Special guests at the show and an enthusiasts’ dinner, which is being held on the Saturday night, include Australian rally champions Neal Bates and Coral Taylor, European women’s rally champion Molly Taylor and former motor racing champion Leo Geoghegan.