HANGING ROCK

AFTER SOME UPS AND DOWNS THANKS TO FIRES AND DODGY WEATHER IN RECENT YEARS, THE PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK CAR SHOW WAS BACK IN TOP FORM WITH A BIG ROLL-UP.

WORDS GUY ALLEN PHOTOS NATHAN JACOBS

You know itís a good sign when you roll into the servo about 40 minutes short of Hanging Rock and thereís an impromptu show of a couple of hundred classic and muscle cars on the forecourt. Yep, this yearís Picnic at Hanging Rock was going to be a cracker. Run by the Mount Macedon district club for some decades, itís grown into one of the countryís biggest events, regularly attracting a field of entries nudging the 1000 mark. On a big year, itís a real battle to see the whole thing. And after a couple of years where weather played some mean tricks on the organisers, the day turned out to be low 20s and clear. Just perfect. This year the scene was very much dominated by local product, which is not surprising given the recent resurgence in interest, which can in part be put down the closure of local manufacturing. Nevertheless there was a good smattering of cars from around the globe, with styles varying from dead stock, to restomod, to completely out-there. We interviewed several owners there on the day, happily showing off, in turn, a Torana, a Brock Director, a Chrysler sedan, a hotted-up Fiat Bambino and an old Toyota Corona Ė among others. Weíll bring them to you over coming editions. Look for the galleries at tradeuniquecars.com.au.