Classic Aussie Holden ute takes top honour in RACQ MotorFest 2020

Online competition attracts car enthusiasts from around Queensland.

A classic Holden ute has taken the top honour in this year’s RACQ MotorFest competition.

For the first time, this year’s event for motoring enthusiasts was held online with judge’s making their choices from almost 300 photos submitted in nine categories.

Morayfield’s Chris Moy took out the Australian and coveted Judges’ Choice awards with his immaculately restored 1955 FJ Holden Ute.

This year’s public event was cancelled because of COVID-19 but judge and RACQ Motoring Editor Ged Bulmer said that had not impacted the quality of entries.

"It's great to see that COVID-19 hasn't dented the enthusiasm of Qld car enthusiasts," Mr Bulmer said.

"This year's MotorFest was the first where entries and judging was conducted entirely online. 

“We weren't sure how people would take to it, to be honest, but both the number of entries and the quality of the vehicles this year was outstanding.”

Mr Bulmer said the competition again highlighted the love affair many Queenslanders have with their vehicles.

"It never fails to amaze us how many exceptional vehicles there are tucked away in garages and sheds across the state, and MotorFest has once again proven the perfect environment to showcase Queenslanders’ love of the automobile,” he said. 

"From vintage trucks, to classic Americana, Brit sports cars and thumping Aussie muscle cars, Motorfest 2020 had it all.”

Mr Bulmer said judging was difficult, given the quality of entries, however the FJ Holden ute stood out.

"The job of choosing category winners from the hundreds of truly exceptional vehicles was daunting enough, but to then choose one as the standout from over 300 entries, was a real challenge,” he said.

"In the end though, the judges were united in their view that Chris's stunning 1955 FJ Holden ute is a standout car.

“It's obvious the owner has put many hundreds of hours into restoring and maintaining this unique piece of Australian automotive history and he's a deserved winner. 

"The fact Chris’s classic Holden has won the top gong in the very year the Holden brand itself has been killed off by General Motors makes his victory all the more special.”

Thoughts have already turned to the 2021 competition and Queenslanders can email their name and postal address to events@racq.com.au to receive MotorFest 2021 information.

RACQ MotorFest 2020 winners:

 Category  Vehicle  Winner
 American 1968 Corvette Stingray Alan Norsworthy
 Australian 1955 FJ Holden Ute Chris Moy
 British 1935 Riley 12/4 Special Jason Scholz
 Classic 1968 Morris Cooper S John Shobbrook
 European 1967 Fiat 124 Spider Michael Polito
 Japanese 1984 Isuzu Piazza Shane Steffen
 Motorcycle 1977 Honda CB750 Simon Taylor
 Veteran 1903 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” John Day
 Vintage 1929 Oakland Six sedan Donald Lake
 Judges' Choice 1955 FJ Holden ute Chris Moy

Read more about Chris Moy’s FJ Holden ute in the October/November edition of The Road Ahead

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