DAVID HACK CLASSIC – 2017
The annual David Hack Classic in Toowoomba combines a love of classic machinery of both the airborne and terrestrial variety with an eclectic mix of old cars, old bikes and old planes.It provides a rich aural treat as Spitfires take off and circle the sky while lazy V8s and classic bikes rumble into position for the show.
The event held in honour of aspiring automotive photo-journalist David Hack has been a fixture of the Queensland car-show calendar for nearly two decades. David’s work was published in Street Machine, Fast Fours, Wheels and Performance Street Car Magazine before his life was cut short by Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just before his 28th birthday. The venue that was to host David’s birthday now continues to honour his memory with a yearly celebration of all things automotive and aviation, with the local Rotary Club donating proceeds to the Leukaemia Foundation.
Hosting a show which features such diverse machinery is quite a challenge, so full marks to its organisers and to the thousands of punters who come out every year to support the great event. In fact you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t impressed by the huge range and number of exhibits on offer. There is virtually something for everyone. There are the WWII-period planes which take off regularly throughout the day giving joy rides to
“THE 19TH OF March 1952 is when I bought this and I’ve had it ever since. I ordered a chassis and cab and built the back on it myself and it was the truck we started our building business with.
It’s original as far as condition goes with the 214ci six-cylinder petrol with 4-speed synchromesh and even the original Q number plate on the back.
I got pulled over by the police recently and a little girl in a uniform told me I had to have a front number plate. I said they never gave me one in 1952! It’s been up and down ‘The Range’ quite a few times, lots of fishing trips, my brother once drove it to Townsville and back; she did 23mpg. I’ve now passed it on to my son Dave and he will pass it to his kids; it’s staying in the family.”
“I BELIEVE there now five 2002 Tourings in Australia but this is the only registered one in Queensland that I know of. They are becoming a very rare car and being mostly English cars imported to Australia, many are full of rust. I was lucky with this car, it only spent one year in the UK when a doctor bought it out to Canberra where it stayed for many years. I bought it off a girl in Melbourne.
That was 13 years ago, and my wife Sue and I flew down and drove it back. Then it took one year and one week to do a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. I put an engine out of one of my racing ’02s in it and it now has about 180hp. I used to sprint race this one but it became too rare and valuable so now we only use it on Sundays.”