Debbie Robinson reckons she feels like the Queen when she is driving her hot pink Valiant Charger.
“I’m a bit of a rev-head,” she said.
“You definitely feel cool driving the Charger – people stop me on the road saying ‘Hey Charger’, they offer me money to buy it.
“You definitely feel like the Queen driving it.”
Her magenta pink 1977 Hemi Charger will be one of about 500 classic road and race cars, bikes, trucks and even tractors on display at Saturday’s 2018 Gnoo Blas Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show at Sir Jack Brabham Park – formerly known as Orange’s road racing circuit, Gnoo Blas.
Special guest this year will be current Supercars driver Simona de Silvestro – the first full-time female driver in the series.
A leading Australian woman driver from another era, Christine (Cole) Gibson, will also be a guest along with her husband, former Bathurst 500 winner and Nissan team boss, Fred Gibson.
Mrs Gibson raced for several major teams in Australia from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Organiser Denis Gregory said this year’s event would pay tribute to Holden, which is celebrating 70 years since its first Aussie model, the 48-215, rolled off the production line.
“We putting together every model Holden we can find,” he said.
“We’re hoping to get mostly all of them.”
One of them will be Robert Gazzard’s 1972 Kingswood which he has owned for six years.
Distinctive in its bright orange paint scheme, the car is the first Holden the long-time fan has owned.
“I’ve always liked the HQ when they came out,” he said.
Mr Gazzard bought the car six years ago after most of its restoration had been completed.
But the car, truck and bike show is not just for the biggest and loudest machines to grace our roads.
Steve Tobin will be showing his virtually original 1969 Morris 1100.
Mr Tobin said it was sold new in Canberra and was bought by a driver from Moss Vale.
“I bought it in 2015, I am the third owner,” he said.
“It’s basically standard as it is.”
Maintaining a nearly 50 year old car in standard condition is not easy.
Mr Tobin said the unique suspension on the Morris was troublesome as there were no original spare parts left.
“If it goes, I’m gone,” he said.
The show is on from 10am-3.30pm, entry is $5.
There will also be awards for the best displays.