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Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club Inc.‘s chosen recipient organisation for the proceeds from our annual flagship Motorfest event is Great Lakes Palliative Care Support, the members of GLHAC would like to extend their gratitude for the recognition on the GLPCS website.

“Over the past few years Great Lakes Palliative Care Support have been the recipients of proceeds from the annual Motorfest held on the Sunday of the long weekend in June. As well as an amazing car display showing many vintage and classic cars, we were able to sell raffle tickets and have a plant stall. Many thanks for the ongoing support we receive from Great Lakes Historic Car Club.”

Click here to visit Great Lakes Palliative Care Support website

Further information regarding Motorfest 2024 is available here.

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After two years in the RA23 GT, Williamson returned with a new car for the 1979 Bathurst 1000, in which he had already won the Under 3.0 Class and finished a stunning fourth overall in the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) behind three A9X Torana V8s.
It was the larger, heavier second generation RA40 twin-cam GT coupe, which Williamson’s team built locally using a fresh body shell and well-developed engine and drivetrain components. Today he describes it as “a pretty ordinary car, with carburettors and a wet sump.”
Williamson’s pioneering efforts with the Celica during the previous two years had not gone unnoticed by other competitors. As a result, two more Celicas joined Williamson and Quinn in the 1601-2000cc Class C ranks for Bathurst that year, with one (Williamson’s RA23 GT from 1977-78) driven by NSW chicken farmer Graham ‘Chickadee’ Bailey and Doug Clark with another entered by Wally Scott and Peter Walton.
Williamson’s new Celica had more than its fair share of publicity in the days leading up to the race as it was to be the first car equipped with Channel Seven’s innovative ‘Racecam’ in-car camera, which for the first time would beam live images from the cockpit to millions of TV viewers watching at home.
The Racecam technology, which used a microwave link to transmit in-car vision, sound and driver chat via a chopper hovering high above the circuit, was an Australian invention and a world-first that would soon have TV broadcasters around the globe wanting a piece of the action.
The first Racecam unit was a goliath by today’s standards, featuring a pan-and-tilt camera head that could be adjusted via remote control from the pits. When installed in Williamson’s Celica, the whole kit resulted in a 27 kg weight penalty (from 1980 he was allowed to remove the car’s front passenger seat to compensate, as it weighed about the same).
The Racecam’s extra bulk certainly didn’t seem to be too much of a burden in the race, with Williamson and Quinn claiming their first victory in Class C. Not only that, they finished ninth outright and the first non-V8 car to cross the line behind eight A9X Toranas.
It was an outstanding result for the Celica, eclipsed only by the history-making success of its Racecam unit which triggered a global revolution in TV coverage of motor sport. “Willo” had provided not only stunning images and sounds but also some colourful commentary from the driver’s seat. A star was born!
WILLIAMSON: “Two blokes, John Porter and Peter Larsson, approached us at Amaroo Park when we were standing around at a barbeque after a race meeting there. They said they had this idea for an in-car camera but Brocky and the rest didn’t want anything to do with them. Anyway, I listened to what they had to say and it took me about 40 seconds to make a decision and we took it on. They did say it would require a fair commitment from us and that they’d need a fair bit of our time to help develop it and make it work, because it was just an idea at that stage.”
“Eventually Channel Seven agreed to fund its development and I remember going out to Oran Park every other week driving around and around with helicopters flying overhead as they experimented with different links and cameras and all that. It took a fair amount of time to work it all out.”
“It wasn’t perfect on the day of the race (at Bathurst). It rained a bit and when the trees got water in them it messed with the link, so when that happened they would yell out to me on the radio to switch this and turn that to cope with the problem and it worked.” Porter and Larsson would later move to the US where they established Broadcast Sports Technology (BST) and covered all major American motor sports with their innovative in-car camera system.

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Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club’s flagship car show!

Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club’s flagship car show, Motorfest, is held annually on the Sunday of the King’s birthday long weekend, at John Wright Park in Tuncurry.

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8AM – 2PM. $10 per vehicle to display, with proceeds to assist local charity. Entry to the public is always always FREE.

Veteran, Vintage & Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Stationary Engines, Street Machines and more.

Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club’s flagship car show, Motorfest, is held annually on the Sunday of the King’s birthday long weekend, at John Wright Park in Tuncurry.

Created by the Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club some thirty-odd years ago, this annual event has become a great day out for families and car buffs alike, often attracting crowds in the thousands.

If it’s on wheels, we welcome it at Motorfest! Annually featuring Veteran, Vintage & Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Stationary Engines, Street Machines and more. Every year, our Club strives to put on a bigger and better event.

Entry to the public is always always FREE. The vehicle display fee is currently $10 per vehicle. Proceeds from Motorfest are donated to a local charity.

The 2023 Mid Coast Ford Motorfest saw a record 300 vehicles on display. Motorfest 2024 is set to be even bigger!

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When: Saturday 9th March 2024
Where: Myall Sports Park, Hawks Nest
Gates open: 8AM – 2PM. $10 per vehicle to display.

Vintage & Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Motorcycles, Live Music, Food Stalls, Raffles, etc.
All proceeds go to TGHN Surf Club, Rural Fire Service, The Local Free Clinic Bus and various other local charities.

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The Model T World Tour Story

In the Summer of 2012 Dirk and Trudy Regter from the Netherlands started a journey in their 1915 Ford Model T, visiting over 50 countries covering all the continents of the world.

This journey of approx. 80,000 miles (125,000 kilometres) is being made in order to raise money to support the worldwide work of SOS Children’s villages International. Local contribution will of course be highly appreciated.

Follow Dirk and Trudy as they conquer the World in their Model T, raising money for orphans, with SOS Children’s Villages International.

The Model T World Tour Visits Taree

On Wednesday 11th April 2018, the Model T World Tour rolled in to Taree.

I had the honour of Dirk and Trudy Regter, and their support crew staying at my house during their visit. Prime7 News and NBN News both filmed interviews for their respective bulletins (which are featured in this video).

Later, I treated the Model T crew to a delicious meal at Sailos Restaurant, and then it was on to Club Taree for Taree Historic Motor Club’s monthly meeting, where Dirk presented a big-screen presentation about the Model T World Tour.

The following morning, the team set off for Singleton, Sydney and beyond…

Dirk and Trudy, it was a pleasure hosting you guys at my home, have a safe journey and I hope to see you guys again in the future.

You can read more about the World Tour on my website. There’s also some videos of Dirk and Trudy’s visit to Taree.
Dirk also maintains an extensive blog of the progress of the World Tour. Click here to read the entry for April 2018, when the team stayed at my home.

Mitch Taylor

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