THREE DECADES AT HANGING ROCK

THE SEARCH FOR MIRANDA AND CO WAS RECENTLY SUSPENDED TO ALLOW THE SEARCH PARTY TO CHECK OUT SOME LOVELY CARS

GUY ALLEN

GET YOU FIRED UP HANGING ROCK – VIC

THE SEARCH FOR MIRANDA AND CO WAS RECENTLY SUSPENDED TO ALLOW THE SEARCH PARTY TO CHECK OUT SOME LOVELY CARS

One of Australia’s biggest car shows celebrates a milestone This year’s 30th Picnic at Hanging Rock Car Show was exceptional, even if the numbers were a little down – we suspect the unseasonal rain caused a lot of people to reconsider their plans.

Nevertheless, the field of several hundred cars was high in quality and depth, with plenty cars was high in quality and depth, with plenty of variety and some truly stunning vehicles on show.

Rarities such as a soft-top Mercedes-Benz SL300 were driven there, along with some great local cars such as a Sandman utility. Plus, there’s always something appealing about unusual sights like a Mini rubbing shoulders with a De Tomaso Pantera.

And, as always, there was a fleet of very tempting toys looking for new owners, so beware anyone turning up with money in their pocket!

We salute the organisers who have built this into one of the country’s foremost car shows. It hasn’t happened by mistake and is a monumental job to set up.

monumental job to set up.

Of course we hope you got there but, if you didn’t, here’s our quick gallery. If you pop online to tradeuniquecars.com.au and head into the news and reviews section, you can search for Picnic at Hanging Rock stories.

There are two big galleries from this year, plus several more from previous events. Enjoy!

1971 HOLDEN HG BROUGHAM MICHAEL DENNY

I BOUGHT IT six years ago; it’s a NSW inland car. I had it resprayed but the panel beater said it was the best he’d seen. The floors looked brand new with just 18,000km on it.

The only rust was behind the trim in a few places.

I always liked Broughams and you don’t see them too often. This one has he 308 with a Trimatic.

It’s like driving an armchair – they’re good fun. It sounds great with the twin system. It’s not fast but it just cruises and floats along.

It’s a pre-Statesman, though it’s really a Kingswood with 300mm added to the back. There are a few for sale and they want big dollars for them.

I wasn’t targeting them, it just turned up. A young bloke had it.

We’ve got a few Holdens around, including EK, EJ, HK, Monaros, VR cop car, and another HJ. I’m always on the lookout for something nice.

1978 HOLDEN HZ SANDMAN UTE JENNY DENNY

WE’RE THE fourth owners. We brought it down from NSW. I think it had a rough life early on. It had a few modifications and needed a fair bit of work. The third owner tackled a lot of that and we finished it off. We’re very lucky to own it – we’re happy to have it and love driving it.

It has the 308 V8 and a TH400 transmission, which is a good combination.

We’re part of a Sandman group on Facebook which helps people identify what’s what when they’re looking for one, plus some of the fixes – that sort of thing. It’s called ‘My Sandman’ and we’ll be starting up a club soon.

I always liked the HZ utes and we were looking for something that was original with all its books. Of course it looks really nice.

There are a lot of vans around but not utes.

It sounds good and stands out.