Ballarat and District Early Holden Car Club held its fifth annual All GM Day on Sunday drawing thousands of car enthusiasts to the Ballarat Turf Club.
On display were hundreds of General Motors vehicles.
Siggy Veit from Melbourne said it was the third year he had displayed his LE Monaro at the Ballarat car show.
“I bought the car in 1982 and decided to chop it up to make it into a super ute and I’m still using it everyday,” he said. “It’s my dream car because I built it and designed it.”
“My granddaughter would usually be here with me but today is her birthday. I’m going to give her this (vehicle) because I have to keep it in the family – and the grandson is a Ford boy.”
Stephen Halliday took a three hour trip from South Gippsland with his family to display his 1954 FJ Holden panel van in the show.
The vehicle had been to every state title since Mr Halliday bought it in 1998 as well as a couple of national titles.
“My son has one too so he has caught the bug as well,” he said. “We’ve made some good friends through this movement so these sorts of days are good to compare notes and socialise.”
“And it’s good to see there is enough interest to keep some of these old things on the road because they’re not all show class or million dollar machines.”
Cheltenham man Neil Wilson was another to travel for the event. The events coordinator of the 60 to 80 Holden Enthusiasts’ Club brought his Holden Torana.
“It’s one of three vehicles done by three people in the 70s, which all had Torana motors in them, and they showed them all around Melbourne in those days,” he said.
“I have the ute, but there is also a panel van and a sedan and they’re all still existing as far as I know.
“Because the All GM Day is incorporating the FX – FJ State Titles, I thought I’d bring mine up.”
The 39th FX-FJ Victorian State Titles were a special feature of this year’s show, with chairperson Justin Mitchell expecting the vehicles to have drawn an even bigger crowd than the 5000 people who walked through the gates last year.
The event included trade stalls and kids activities with all money raised from entry fees donated to Ballarat Base Hospital Children’s Ward.