Warwick to host Monaro Nationals
MONARO mania will hit town the first weekend in September when Warwick hosts the seventh annual Monaro Nationals.
Promotions were under way on Saturday when the Monaro Club of Queensland treasurer Darryl Lonergan and secretary Shane Horswill visited Warwick to finalise details for the event.
Both agreed Warwick was the ideal place to host this year's nationals, which will be the first held in Queensland.
“We looked at the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich, but Warwick won hands down for a number of reasons,” Mr Lonergan said.
The region's motoring identity was a huge drawcard for the Monaro club, with Warwick hosting a wide variety of motorsport events at Morgan Park Raceway and Leyburn hosting the annual Sprints.
“We were also very impressed with the support from the Southern Downs Regional Council,” Mr Lonergan said.
“We cannot speak highly enough of the council, which has been a huge help to us and appreciate us bringing the event to town.”
Another appealing aspect was the country atmosphere and affordability a town such as Warwick could offer.
“Entrants are particularly pleased with the type of accommodation available as they can park their cars and look out the window and see that their precious cars are safe and sound,” Mr Lonergan said.
The event kicks off on Friday September 3 with a meet and greet at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Saturday's highlight is the show and shine with a whopping 240 entries, which will feature the best Australia has to offer in the way of this great Aussie motoring icon.
All Monaro models will be represented from the 1968 HK to the 2005 VZ.
Entries have closed for the show and shine but do not despair if you have a Monaro you would like to show off.
For a gold coin donation you are invited to park your vehicle in the official display car park.
The show and shine is open to the public and event organisers are hoping they receive a large local crowd.
“It is a great opportunity for Warwick people to see such a magnificent display,” Mr Horswilll said.
“We are hoping the locals will support us as we have supported the town.”
The official merchandise, flyers and catering needs have been sourced locally by the Monaro club and any money raised will be donated back to local charities.
Bob and Narelle Corbett from Brisbane also ventured to Warwick on the weekend with their pride and joy, a 1970 186S HT Monaro which was on show in front of Lane Motors on Saturday morning.
This stunning vehicle depicts the high standard of Monaros which will be on show come September.