The 50th Shannon’s Classic Car Show celebrates the Citroen and the Mini

L-R: Shannon’s Classic Car Show organiser Paul Markham with his silver 1952 Tatraplan, Mini Owners Club member Rob Rowe with his 1975 Mini Clubman, Buick owner Murray Lizatovich and Citroen owner James Long. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490956
L-R: Shannon’s Classic Car Show organiser Paul Markham with his silver 1952 Tatraplan, Mini Owners Club member Rob Rowe with his 1975 Mini Clubman, Buick owner Murray Lizatovich and Citroen owner James Long. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490956

MORE than 900 vehicles will be on display for the 50th anniversary of Shannon’s Classic Car Show at Ascot Racecourse this month.

Five British car clubs displayed about 50 classic cars for the first car show at Kings Park in 1969.

The Council of Motoring Clubs WA, which represents 110 car clubs, will host the 50th edition of the event on March 24.

Third-time organiser Paul Markham said 950 vehicles have registered for the show.

“Almost every single club for every type of vehicle in WA will be attending,” he said.

“Every vehicle is going to be different, so we don’t judge.”

The 50th show will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Citroen and 60th anniversary of the BMW Mini.

Mini Owners Club WA member Rob Rowe said there would be 60 Mini cars on display at the show as a celebration of the milestone.

“This year, we’ll be having a collaboration with four other Mini clubs,” he said.

“There’ll be models from 1959 until when they were last made in 2000.”

The car show will feature car painters, restoration services and industry personnel to give advice and in-depth looks into classic cars.

“Anything can become a classic, who’s to say what’s in and what isn’t,” Buick owner Murray Lizatovich said.

Citroen owner James Long said there was also a misconception of classic cars being non-environmentally friendly.

“It takes a lot more energy to destroy an old car than to repair one,” he said.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: 50th Shannon’s Classic Car Show

WHERE: Ascot racecourse, 71 Grandstand Road, Ascot

WHEN: Sunday, March 24 at 10am – 3pm

TICKETS: $10, kids under 16 free