Record numbers enjoy Noosa classics
THE Noosa Beach Classic Car Show 2015 was declared the best ever following record vehicle entries and spectator numbers.
Benefiting from glorious weather on the long weekend, the annual show welcomed an eclectic mix of 280 classic cars and motorcycles, helping attract 3300 visitors to the Lions Park event - 1000 more than last year.
Keeping a low profile as ever was Noosa home owner and former F1 and current Porsche works driver Mark Webber, who like last year was spotted around the show, no doubt attracted by a plethora of classic Porsches displayed.
Marque of the year was Jaguar, and with the Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland showing strong support the number of E-Types, XK150s, XJSs, MkIIs and others filled a hefty proportion of the showground.
Maroochydore dealership Pacific Jaguar attended with a current model F-Type coupe and recently launched XE sedan, while a battered and bruised 1953 Jaguar Mk VII Sedan rally car looked somewhat more lived in. Equally attention-grabbing though.
Other rarities included a 1922 Bugatti Type 13, Bristol 400, Aston Martin DB6, 1973 Porsche Carrera RS and the Bowden's Own uber-valuable 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.
Trophies were awarded across numerous categories, but an overall Best in Show had to be declared, and for 2015 it was a heavily modified 1977 Ford Falcon XC Coupe which also scored the People's Choice award.
The amount of money raised for charity isn't yet known, but an event spokesman said it should be between $15,000 and $20,000.