Roll up to see British cars at show

Emily AceSouth Western Times

The 2018 South West British Auto Classic will this year celebrate 70 years of the Land Rover alongside a collection of Britain’s finest classic cars on March 24.

The car show hosted by the South West branch of the WA Rover Owners’ Club will attract clubs from across the region, with the Donnybrook Classic Auto Club and Busselton Veteran Car Club already registering their interest among others.

Capel car enthusiast, club member and event organiser Lynton McManus said last year’s event attracted 106 vehicles and he hoped to crack the 100-car mark again.

“We would love to see as many Land Rovers as possible,” Mr McManus said.

“It doesn’t have to be an old Land Rover, it can be any Land Rover – it is a British auto classic so it doesn’t have to be a 50-year-old car to bring it along.”

Anyone with a British car or a car related to the British car industry is welcome to join the festivities.

“It doesn’t have to be fully restored – just as long as it is British, it doesn’t matter how rough or old it is,” he said.

“You can get in contact or just turn up and visitors will get to choose the best car on the day.”

Mr McManus said the aim of the event was to provide an inexpensive family day out to appreciate the history of the British car industry.

He said one of his favourite parts of the show was its ability to stir fond memories for visitors.

“The thing that always amazes me is when people see certain cars and say ‘oh wow I remember my dad had one of those’ and it brings back memories for people,” he said.

For the first time, the show will be held at Signal Park in Busselton between 10am and 2pm.

A gold coin donation is required for entry.

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