Warwick's economy gets a booster
VISITING revheads could have injected up to $50,000 into the local economy by hosting the first Pontiac Car Club nationals in Queensland right here in Warwick.
There was the purr of Pontiacs through the Rose City at the weekend but organisers say the motels, restaurants and shops were the big winners.
More than 115 of the American muscle cars drove from all over Australia to Warwick, with the big drawcard being our Morgan Park drag racing facility.
On Saturday, a show and shine on Albert St was well timed with the Easter Fair in Leslie Park.
Pontiac Car Club of Australia president Chris Mahone said the event proved to be very popular.
“We've had huge crowds since early this morning,” he said.
“That's another reason we did the show and shine in town, because the Easter Fair was on.
“It's been great for families and we've been encouraging people to use WIRAC, to visit the shops and the Rock Swap at the showgrounds.”
Mr Mahone estimated 250 people came to Warwick with the nationals.
He said the spate of burglaries at last year's Monaro event in Warwick did not put the club off coming to town.
“Police have been doing patrols for us and people were told to use wheel clamps and be vigilant,” he said.
“But at the same time Pontiacs aren't as much a target for this kind of theft as it's not easy to break up and sell the parts.”
Some like a classic look, others prefer something a bit more modern, but there's just one thing that inspires Jason King: The Hoff.
Well, not so much David Hasselhoff, more the 1980s TV series Knight Rider.
Mr King said he's loved the car featured in the show since he was a kid.
In his adulthood, he's now spent substantial time and money remodelling his '86 firebird into a replica of the talking car “Kitt” featured in the show.
Yes, it even has the flashy light and the talking computer is on its way from the states.
“I've replaced the rear bumper, complete interior, wheels and the front end had to be remodelled,” Mr King said.
“I've loved the show since I was 12.
“The idea of having a car that talks and with personality just amazed me.”
On Sunday the Pontiac crew drove around the region before settling into Morgan Park's drag strip for some racing and another show and shine event.
In Stanthorpe this weekend the Citroen Car Club also held its Cit-In at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds, bringing yet more people to the region, highlighting the importance of our geographical location to attracting these types of national events.